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Who writes Go4E?

David Smith

David judging the 2010 International Chef Competition

    Although I've written contact "us" above it's actually only me - David Smith. I also write The Curry House website and am the author of Quick Meals from The Curry House which was released in October 2012 and also The Curry House Cookery Book from 2004.

Go For an English is a personal account of English food and is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to the food of England. It is not an encyclopedia or a history of English food so you're bound to find many things that I've left out because I ran out of time or because I couldn't find reliable sources on the subject.

I hope to expand the site as time goes on so I will be covering many new topics. In particular, I want to publish a series of interviews with English food producers but all that, of course, takes time.

why write about English and not British food?

Great Britain is made up of three countries - England, Scotland and Wales. If you add Northern Ireland to Britain you get the United Kingdom (UK).

The Scottish, Welsh and Irish are rightly proud of their own history and culture so it would be inappropriate of me to say I was writing about British food when I am really concentrating on English food.

Having said that, you will find numerous examples on these pages where products or dishes are universal to the British Isles so what I've written for England would apply just as well to the other countries.

where does the name "go for an English" come from?

The name comes from a BBC comedy series called Goodness Gracious Me. The programme was written and performed by British Asians and is an Asian take on modern British life.

"Going for an English", from the opening series in 1998, is the title of a sketch where some young, boisterous Indians in Mumbai go out to their favourite English restaurant. The sketch is a parody of young boorish Brits getting drunk and searching out the hottest curry at their local Indian restaurant. The Indians in the sketch go for the mildest thing on the menu and boast to each other about who has ordered the blandest meal.

I chose the name because, as you may know, I also write The Curry House website and wanted to write something new about my own native cuisine. Also, I wanted to try and correct a widely held view in other countries of the world (so cleverly parodied in the Goodness Gracious Me sketch) that English cooking is bland, boring and, frankly, inferior.

If you want to see what I mean you only have to listen to former President of France Jacques Chirac who was overheard talking about the British and saying "One cannot trust people whose cuisine is so bad" . He went on "After Finland, it is the country with the worst food." Ouch! Poor Finland! But is it true? I hope this website will help set the balance straight.

why can't I search for news items from the home page?

The News and Comments section is run as an independent blog and the contents are not visible to our main search engine. However, the blog has it's own integral search facility which you can use to find particular news item or visitors' comments. By the same token you cannot find articles in the main section by searching the blog. It's not ideal but the Wordpress blog software does an excellent job of managing large numbers of news items and the comments they generate. On the other hand, I like the idea having the core of the site made up of longer, permanent articles and I did not want the whole site to be dominated by the blog format.

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