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Colin Spencer's masterful and witty account of Britain's culinary heritage explores what has influenced and changed eating in Britain -- from the Black Death, the Enclosures, the Reformation, the Age of Exploration, the Industrial Revolution, and the rise of capitalism to present-day threats posed by globalization, including factory farming, corporate control of food supplies, and the pervasiveness of prepackaged and fast foods. He situates the beginning of the decline in British cuisine in the Victorian age, when various social, historical, and economic factors -- an emphasis on appearances, a worship of French cuisine, the rise of Nonconformism, which saw any pleasure as a sin, the alienation from rural life found in burgeoning towns, the rise and affluence of the new bourgeoisie, and much else -- created a fear that simple cooking was vulgar. Encouraged by the publication of a key cookbook of the period, Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management, the Victorians also harbored suspicions that raw foods were harmful.
However, twenty-first-century British cooking is experiencing a glorious resurgence, fueled by television gurus and innovative restaurants with firm roots in the British tradition. This new interest in and respect for good food is showing the whole world, as Spencer puts it, "that the old horror stories about British food are no longer true."
— Claire Hopley
Spencer's interesting book is a worthwhile addition to the food history literature. Recommended [for] all levels.
|Ch. 1||Prologue: The Land||11|
|Ch. 2||Anglo-Saxon Gastronomy||23|
|Ch. 3||Norman Gourmets 1100-1300||36|
|Ch. 4||Anarchy and Haute Cuisine 1300-1500||69|
|Ch. 5||Tudor Wealth and Domesticity||100|
|Ch. 6||A Divided Century||134|
|Ch. 7||Other Island Appetites||169|
|Ch. 8||Glories of the Country Estate||208|
|Ch. 9||Industry and Empire||244|
|Ch. 10||Victorian Food||269|
|Ch. 11||Food for All||293|
|Ch. 12||The Global Village||328|
|App. I||Wild Food Plants of the British Isles||344|
|App. II||Traditional British Cooking||352|
|Glossary of Conversions||380|