I was a child of the Eighties but even then home baking was a dying art.

I still have my mum's recipe book although it is falling to pieces through over-use.

She made it at school and it's stuffed with cuttings on everything from boiling potatoes and lining cake tins to recipes for childhood favourites such as cornflake crunchies and gingerbread men.

It's a shame to think the majority of today's children are growing up without the delights of a warm, steamy kitchen full of the delicious aroma of baking and the thrill of being allowed to lick out the mixing bowl - mass-produced products just aren't the same.

-Lorraine Forbes (aged 37), Eastbourne