Seems to me that the cooking of the British Isles has undeservedly gotten a bad rap. At the Maister household we like to prepare an 'international' dinner every other Sunday. We've got literally dozens of cookbooks with recipes from every continent and we try to feature an appetizer, entree, side dish, beverage, and dessert for each region or country's 'theme' that week. Last weekend we tried a British Isles themed dinner and drew from English, Scottish and Irish cookbooks for inspiration.
I think part of the reason cooking from this region gets a bad rap is because most dishes feature fewer spices than typically found in other countries' cuisine, but this could in some ways be seen as it's strength; the quality of the produce and meat speaks for itself. Folks in the British Isles appear to have a fondness for various organs (haggis anyone?) not necessary shared with the same enthusiasm on this side of the Atlantic, but I see no reason why Americans couldn't enjoy a well-prepared shepard's pie, bangers and mash, cornish pasty, suet pudding, or bubble and squeek (gotta love that name - it's fried cabbage and potatoes).
Another thing is, it seems like lamb is a more popular meat there than it is in the states. Anyone else enjoy foods from this area? I also wonder how much British cooking influences popular cuisine found elsewhere in Commonwealth countries? Do Aussies and kiwis eat much mutton?