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A History of English Food by Clarissa Dickson Wright

By Clarissa Dickson Wright

During this significant new heritage of English meals, Clarissa Dickson Wright takes the reader on a trip from the time of the second one campaign and the feasts of medieval kings to the food -- either sturdy and undesirable -- of the current day. She seems on the moving impacts at the nationwide vitamin as new principles and components have arrived, and as immigrant groups have made their contribution to the lifetime of the rustic. She conjures up misplaced worlds of open fires and ice homes, of continuous pickling and retaining, and of manchet loaves and curly-coated pigs. and he or she tells the tales of the cooks, cookery ebook writers, gourmets and gluttons who've formed public flavor, from the salad-loving Catherine or Aragon to the foodies of this present day. exceptionally, she supplies a brilliant experience of what it used to be wish to take a seat to the foodstuff of prior a long time, no matter if an eighteenth-century labourer's breakfast or a twelve-course Victorian ceremonial dinner or a lunch out in the course of the moment international War.

Insightful and wonderful by way of turns, this can be a superb travel of approximately one thousand years of English food, peppered with surprises and professional with Clarissa Dickson Wright's attribute wit.

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He had also grown weary, he said, of gentlemen who bespoke a household’s liveries and then left him to wait a year or more for the settlement of his accounts. “And I can tell you that by then I felt myself lucky to be paid at all,” he added, for he had had colleagues driven destitute by lordly defaulters. When he had ascertained I was not by any means of a Puritan bent, he shared with me some tales of the bawdiness and carousing he had witnessed in the city after the king sailed home from exile.

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