Here's a recipe for a traditional Romanian dish of tripe soup. As it says on the blog, if people try it without knowing what it is, they absolutely love it!
That was our theory when we published our first TMB book last year, Forgotten Lancashire and Parts of Cheshire and the Wirral. And we're pleased to see that our strategy has been endorsed by Mr Andy Kershaw, broadcaster and writer on music and world culture, who has given the book a glowing 5 Star review on Amazon:
"Although I was raised in Lancashire, so much of the county's history was unknown to me - until the appearance of this valuable book. A commendable work of social history - by those who've already brought us the Tripe Marketing Board - and drawn from the archives of the Blunt family. That collection was discovered only recently, in an attic in a number of Asda carrier bags. What a find it has turned out to be.This is the 15th Five Star review for Forgotten Lancashire, which is also available on Kindle - thank you, Mr K!
"I was not aware, for example, that Lancashire's industrial wealth was built on fridge magnets as much as cotton. Indeed, the fridge magnet was patented by William Gladstone Blunt, following a drinking session in a Stockport pub, 30 years before the invention of the fridge.
"We are all the richer too for learning - at last! - the full story of the Baden-Powell Lookalike Agency. And Forgotten Lancashire finally brings long-overdue recognition to the work of woefully-undervalued Lancastrian film director, Alfred Spatchcock. (With Ale & Pie, 1941 - and many others).
"A whole book, dedicated to Spatchcock, would now seem inevitable. I hope so."
Well, the good news for Mr Kershaw and all lovers of Dr Derek Ripley's unique brand of fact-free history, is that the publication of the definitive work on Alfred Spatchcock is just weeks away. The book promises to include as many subliminal references to tripe as Dr Ripley's first book.
Our advice to anyone thinking of trying tripe for the first time - whether the edible or written form - is that appearances can be deceptive!