This blog is a series of stories to describe what was it like to be a young teacher in the 1970s teaching classes of rowdy boys and girls in an east London school how to cook. Would I succeed? Well Yes and No.
It’s now a book
Nigel Slater in his memoir Toast – The Story of a Boy’s Hunger – was frustrated that his domestic science teacher Miss Adams took so long to teach him cooking. He was there when cookery became home economics, and his teacher praised his Victoria Sandwich which ‘rose like a dream’ and had a perfect ‘crumb’.
Nigel Slater’s says he’s a Cook who Writes and we appeared together on The Food File on Channel 4, both of us for the first time. Nigel went on to great things and I am old enough to have been his food teacher!
Grace Dent, the great restaurant critic and foodie, took Home Economics at school. In her book Hungry she describes her lessons. She says it was one class where she could shine and she made toad in the hole and stuffed hard boiled eggs with salad cream and cheese, just like she would have done in my lessons!