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Last Call: Mary Berry teaches us to cook like Brits did in the '70s

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Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

Retro Mary Berry

We’ve written about our fondness for Mary Berry, the British food personality most Americans know from The Great British Baking Show. Watching her series Mary Berry Everyday has inspired us to dial the clock back 40 years, when a younger Berry was regularly making appearances on the chat show Good Afternoon! on Thames Television.

We will admit: Many of the recipes Berry demonstrate seem dated today. (The Irish Stew recipe above uses lamb neck bones, potatoes, onion, salt, pepper, and little more.) In one of the videos, the host is somewhat confused by the concept of sour cream, and in several others Berry is butchering meat live on-air. Nevertheless, I find these circa-1970s British cooking segments utterly charming, with Berry’s timbre at its delightfully highest.

One more for you: Here’s Berry demonstrating what she calls “Slade Pie,” a Cornish pasty baked in a casserole dish. This is British gastronomy at its most British.

Kevin Pang was the founding editor of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace.

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70s British cooking:

“Boil it for an hour”
“Boil what, exactly?”
“All of it.”