In the first series of Mums Know Best , Si and Dave (aka the Hairy Bikers) searched Britain for mums keen to share their fantastic family recipes with the nation, and they found them ? so many of them in fact that their only choice was to come back and find some more.
This is the series which celebrates the best of British family recipes, many of which have been passed down from mum to daughter over many generations. These dishes represent the very best of home cooking from the kitchens of the nation's mothers (and who knows, maybe a few fathers too!) which, as well as being delicious, straightforward meals in themselves, are a precious insight into the way people have been cooking in Britain for centuries.
But the series is also a call to arms, with an aim to ensure that these precious historical documents of shared national cuisine remain preserved for the cooks of the future.
As in the first series, each episode features three 'star mums? who have family recipes they want to share. The Hairy Bikers visit each in turn to cook with them in their own kitchens and learn their family's culinary secrets.
The bikers also cook three of their own families? favourite dishes, combining their trademark enthusiasm for good, straightforward food with their knowledge of how these dishes fit into the historical context of British and international cuisine.
Standing at the heart of each episode is the Mums Know Best Recipe Fair, an event suffused with nostalgia for village fêtes, crossed with The Hairy Bikers? extraordinary range of international influences.
In addition to a live cookery demo by the bikers themselves, the Recipe Fair visitors (all 200 hundred of them) are encouraged to bring their own family dishes to share with each other, the Bikers and resident food historian Gerard Baker, who's on hand to put the dishesIn addition to a live cookery demo by the bikers themselves, the Recipe Fair visitors (all 200 hundred of them) are encouraged to bring their own family dishes to share with each other, the Bikers and resident food historian Gerard Baker, who's on hand to put the dishes into historical context.
They also all get the chance to sample dishes cooked by the Recipe Fair's changing roster of ?community groups? who showcase a different style of cuisine each episode. And of course, there's the Mums Know Best Banquet at the end of the fair: a meal featuring three of the star mums? dishes along with the three Hairy Bikers? dishes specially selected for that banquet.
With a magical mix of family food, fantastic stories and sense of community that made the first outing such an instant hit, Series Two is intent on bringing viewers even more culinary secrets, encouraging everyone to try simple family cooking for themselves.