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A History of English Food by Clarissa Dickson Wright
  

A History of English Food

Biography / Autobiography   Cookery, Food and Drink   

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Insightful and entertaining by turns, this is a magnificent tour of nearly a thousand years of English cuisine with a vivid sense of time and place, peppered with surprises and seasoned with Clarissa Dickson Wright's characteristic wit.

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Synopsis

A History of English Food by Clarissa Dickson Wright

In this major new history of English food, Clarissa Dickson Wright takes the reader on a journey from the time of the Second Crusade and the feasts of medieval kings to the cuisine - both good and bad - of the present day. She looks at the shifting influences on the national diet as new ideas and ingredients have arrived, and as immigrant communities have made their contribution to the life of the country. She evokes lost worlds of open fires and ice houses, of constant pickling and preserving, and of manchet loaves and curly-coated pigs. And she tells the stories of the chefs, cookery book writers, gourmets and gluttons who have shaped public taste, from the salad-loving Catherine or Aragon to the foodies of today. Above all, she gives a vivid sense of what it was like to sit down to the meals of previous ages, whether an eighteenth-century labourer's breakfast or a twelve-course Victorian banquet or a lunch out during the Second World War.

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This is a marvellous read ... [Clarissa Dickson Wright's] skill is to make food, even 800 years ago, seem relevant and amusing today Country Life Magnificently eccentric and robustly informative ... an impressive tour of the horizon of a well-stocked mind ... [a] glorious sense of the continuity of English cuisine from the Middle Ages to the present shines from every page of this engaging, funny and admirably entertaining history Sunday Telegraph A learned, serious tome, packed with information and history Guardian Combining her two great passions of food and history, she takes us on a chatty and fascinating crawl from Medieval times when pigeons, eels and nettles were staples, to the pizzas, baked beans and chips of today ... consistently entertaining and informative Daily Mail A most entertaining book BBC Olive Magazine


About the Author

Clarissa Dickson Wright

Clarissa Dickson Wright, formerly of ‘Two Fat Ladies’ fame, has nine cookery books, one Food Anthology and two autobiographies to her name. She co-authored the bestselling The Game Cookbook, A Greener Life and Sunday Roast for Kyle Books.

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Book Info

Publication date

13th October 2011

Author

Clarissa Dickson Wright

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Publisher

Random House Books an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Hardback
512 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
Cookery, Food and Drink

Cookery / food & drink etc
Food & society
History: specific events & topics

ISBN

9781905211852

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