Grandmother-of-thirteen republishes book she wrote for her children 40 years ago

This Is Local London: Elaine Bastable with Eleanor Bastable and Grace Bastable Elaine Bastable with Eleanor Bastable and Grace Bastable

A grandmother-of-thirteen has updated and republished a book she wrote over 40 years ago for her children.

Elaine Bastable, 79, launched her book, Recipes and Rhymes, at Devonshire Primary School on Friday, which she originally wrote in 1975.

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Elaine Bastable 

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Mrs Bastable paid a visit to Devonshire Primary School

The book features recipes inspired by nursery rhymes and poems, each of which are illustrated by Margaret Gordon who is best known for her drawings of the Wombles.

Mrs Bastable said: “It is surprising how often food crops up in children’s verse.

“The first time round I had great fun imagining what sort of pie Simple Simon might have bought on his way to the fair, and inventing the cake that the quaker’s wife got up to bake.”

The book is available on Amazon for £12.99, from Waterstones in Sutton for £9.99, and Dragonfly in Cheam Village.


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