Liquid Pleasures: A Social History of Drinks in Modern Britain / Edition 1

Liquid Pleasures: A Social History of Drinks in Modern Britain / Edition 1

by Proffessor John Burnett, John Burnett
     
 

Drinking has always meant much more than satisfying the thirst. Drinking can be a necessity, a comfort, an indulgence or a social activity.
Liquid Pleasures is an engrossing study of the social history of drinks in Britain from the late seventeenth century to the present. From the first cup of tea at breakfast to mid-morning coffee, to an eveining beer

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Overview

Drinking has always meant much more than satisfying the thirst. Drinking can be a necessity, a comfort, an indulgence or a social activity.
Liquid Pleasures is an engrossing study of the social history of drinks in Britain from the late seventeenth century to the present. From the first cup of tea at breakfast to mid-morning coffee, to an eveining beer and a 'night-cap', John Burnett discusses individual drinks and drinking patterns which have varied not least with personal taste but also with age, gender, region and class. He shows how different ages have viewed the same drink as either demon poison or medicine.
John Burnett traces the history of what has been drunk in Britain from the 'hot beverage revolution' of the late seventeenth century - connecting drinks and related substances such as sugar to empire - right up to the 'cold drinks revolution' of the late twentieth century, examining the factors which have determined these major changes in our dietary habits.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415131827
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Introduction1
1Water: 'The most useful and necessary part of the creation'7
2Milk: 'No finer investment'?29
3Tea: the cup that cheers49
4Coffee: 'I like coffee, I like tea ...'70
5Soft drinks: from cordial waters to Coca-Cola93
6Beer: 'A moral species of beverage'111
7Wine: 'Use a little wine ...'141
8Spirits: 'Water of Life'160
Conspectus179
Notes191
Select bibliography231
Index245

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