Taste : The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking, Paperback

Taste : The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking Paperback

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From the Iron Age to the Industrial Revolution, the Romans to the Regency, few things have mirrored society or been affected by its upheavals as much as the food we eat and the way we prepare it.

In this involving history of the British people, Kate Colquhoun celebrates every aspect of our cuisine from Anglo-Saxon feasts and Tudor banquets, through the skinning of eels and the invention of ice cream, to Dickensian dinner-party excess and the growth of frozen food.

Taste tells a story as rich and diverse as a five-course dinner.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages, Illustrations (some col.), col. ports.
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9780747593065



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Comprehensive look at British history through its food. This does a good job of explaining how different events and societal influences affected what food was available, and has plenty of details and footnotes. The one major flaw is that there is so much information that I sometimes found it hard to keep track of which foods were popular when.

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