Containing savoury pies, pasties and puddings from around the British Isles, the book offers a combination of recipes, historical information, and celebrity contributions.

Chef and author Tom Bridge has had a long-term passion for pies, and has worked on product development for companies such as Peter Hunts, Ginsters and Pukka Pies.

Split into sections, the book covers pastry with no less than 16 different pastry recipes as well as stocks and sauces, from a basic poultry giblet stock to a bechamel sauce, and the fillings: pork and ham; beef; lamb and mutton; poultry and game; fish and seafood.

Regional recipes in the book include the Denby Dale Pie and the Aylesbury Game Pie. There is also a section on ’silly pies’, which references a meaty Wedding Pie, and a ’hand-raised gold leaf game pie’ which, incidentally, costs £1,700 to produce.