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hypothesis but interesting things I learnt included People used to rub their bodies with goose but interesting things I learnt included People used to rub their bodies with goose learnt included People used to rub their bodies with goose and sew themselves into their long johns to endure the winter cold Medieval England really enjoyed spices something which seems to have been influenced by the Crusades Medieval England also really enjoyed sweet and sour dishes Eels and rabbits would also have been part of the medieval larder and were even intentionally farmed for their meat Overboiling vegetables is a pretty recent thingThere s a lot but probably the main takeaway I got is that what we think of British food not only has changed greatly through the centuries but has also been greatly influenced by countries in Europe the Middle East and even Far East tea anyone It s a good reminder that the world has always been globalised and the influence of cultures on each other actually helps to enrich a country s own identityThe tone of the book is very chatty and informal as though the author is talking to ou directly And even though each chapter is pretty long they didn t feel as though they were very long The chatty nature of the book also helps the author s own reminiscences particularly as the book heads towards modern British cuisine and opinions about the foods that she s tried feel like a natural part of the bookScattered throughout the book and then collected into an appendix are recipes from the various periods of English history I appreciated all the passages from contemporary sources that she uoted and it definitely helped me visualise the type of foods they ate If Repeat Performance you re into recipes and want to tryour hand at something new ou could consider a few of these some of them sound pretty goodOverall this was a fun read about the
of English food If re completely unfamiliar with the topic I think this would be right up our alley And even if The Baron Goes Fast (Baron, you re not a foodieou should read this if The Organic City you re planning to read historical novels and nonfiction books it s definitely going to help me appreciate the finer details when I come across themThis review was first posted at Eustea Reads My Mum bought this book for me it s really a fascinating read even ifou re not a cooking maniac I like the author from seeing her on various TV shows and she has a great voice when writing The book s very engaging she links history and social things excellently with the food history and makes connections I d never thought of Also I could see this being an interesting resource for anyone wanting to add some historical flavour and pun intended to a historical or fantasy novel Reading this book is kind of like hanging out with one of Merriam-Websters Collegiate Dictionary your favourite cantankerous great aunts sneaking cigarettes in the garden and making snarky comments about the goings on of a large family gathering It s a breezy read which doesn t cover any new ground ifou have read any other popular histories of common foods Which is fine If Affiliate Marketing Business you like food and think CDW is an occasionally problematic national treasureou ll enjoy skimming this book. Ies of the chefs cookery book writers gourmets and gluttons who have shaped public taste from the salad loving Catherine of 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 laborer's breakfast a twelve course Victorian banuet or a lunch out during the Second World War.History Of English Food If
Giving the Body Its Due youngest woman ever to be called to the bar and had to give up law due to the disrepute her own alcoholism and spendthrift ways brought on her She lived the high life blowing her way through millions of pounds inheritance that she had from her mother and after this bankrupt she went into service as a cook And much credit to her a cookbook shop owner She also apparently screwed a guy actually in Parliament but never even had a proper relationship let alone married and had childrenEventually she achieved major fame with Jennifer Patterson as Two Fat Ladies a long running cookery show in Britain where these two anarchic party going posh women drove around in a motorbike and sidecar and cooked fat laden food which possibly contributed to their early deathsHer sister tells another story How this great big aggressive bully of a woman muchounger than her siblings absolutely dominated her mother and hit and punched her father who as a surgeon certainly wasn t a drunkard or abusive forcing him to leave Her mother s original Will destroyed she inherited all the money and declined to share it with her siblings True story or sour grapesThis tells me that although this is a 5 star book a clever well researched detailed history of English food and how it changed through the ages including interesting recipes from the past but it s not half so interesting as the outrageous exhibitionist and cruel author I don t want to read her autobiography I would think it would reflect only what the perennially money hungry and attention seeking CDW thought would make an impact I want to read a biography of her with recipes I might have mentioned this before but I m harnessing my current momentumdesire to read books about or inspired by the history of the UK to make a dent in my TBR list and A History of English Food was one of these books I have this very bad habit where I ll put a book on my TBR list and then when I see it a second time think oh this still looks great but I m not in the mood for it As the title mentions A History of English Food is about the history of British food starting from the medieval period and going all the way to modern Britain The book provides a general overview of what the British people both rich and poor ate and how their diets were changed by various influences It s packed with information and a lot of theories the author will state when it s just a pet theory which makes it easie. 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 stor. ,
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I really enjoy Clarissa Dickson Wright s take on history seen through the focus of food There s just the right amount of Wright s personality included because she will occasionally break in and comment about ancient recipes she s tried or her thoughts on a particular practice It is sprinkled with original texts from the past and it is interesting seeing what people liked enough to take the trouble to pass on t A History of English Food is A Written And Interesting well written and interesting at the development of English food from the medieval period to the present Aimed at the general reader it provides fun little historical facts recipes and menus from a variety of eras combined with the memories and recollections of the author In some ways it is a book of two halves The first half is very much historically focussed The second half dealing with the world wars onwards contains far personal recollections and first hand experiences I love social history and the history of food in our country really is an interesting oneI listened to Clarissa narrating her own book and while she s a personable enough reader the material does get somewhat dry at times Maybe reading on paper would be a better way of connecting with and taking in everything she has to impartSome really fascinating insights I found the Midd So much information about English food Clarissa Dickson Wright knows her English Food Stuff FascinatingI am an unabashed fan of The Two Fat Ladies regularly watch the series for the witty banter as much as the delicious food and recently decided to get their cookbooks before they fall out of print Clarissa brings the same tone and wit to this book If Hilla Rebay you love The Two Fat Ladiesou ll love this And if Living Doll you ve notet experienced The Two Fat Ladies but enjoy learning new things food and dry wit this is for Designing for Magazines you tooAs could be expected I found my interest waning slightly as the food presented became familiar but that s not to say that there wasn t something interesting to be said for our contemporary period of food I just happened to find it fascinating to read about how James IIV was responsible for so much of the evolution of English food who knew And with loads of juicy intriue asides that made me go do some researchRecommended for anyone interested in food and English history A fun romp through English food One of the easiest five stars to award I ve run across since joining Goodreads A friend listened to this as an audio version coming away less impressed which I could see happening For one thing there are uotes from historical texts as well as descriptions of recipes that I was able to skim through to get the idea whereas I certainly would not have wanted to listen to those lengthy passagesOne feature which struck me as particularly impressive had to do with the balance that Clarissa pulled off in presenting a historical overview uite often in these situations the recent material There is a lot of erudition in this book it really is an excellent history of English food which didn t apparently. Insightful and entertaining by turns this is a magnificent tour of nearly a thousandears of English cuisine peppered with surprises and seasoned with Clarissa Dickson Wright's characteristic witIn 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. .