A History of English Food

A History of English Food

by Clarissa Dickson Wright


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

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 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 banquet, or a lunch out during the Second World War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780099514947
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 500
Sales rank: 950,139
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Clarissa Dickson Wright (1947-2014) found fame alongside Jennifer Paterson as one half of the much-loved TV cooking partnership Two Fat Ladies. She was the author of the autobiography Spilling the Beans, as well as many other books including Clarissa and the Countryman, Clarissa and the Countryman Sally Forth, The Game Cookbook,and Potty!

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A History of English Food 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicely written story of English foods.
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