A History of English Food

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  • Hardcover
  • 512
  • A History of English Food
  • Clarissa Dickson Wright
  • English
  • 10 February 2017
  • 1905211856

About the Author: Clarissa Dickson Wright

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10 thoughts on “A History of English Food

  1. Petra-X says:

    There is a lot of erudition in this book, it really is an excellent history of English food, which didn t apparently get bad until the Victorians started to boil the life out of vegetables Before that, the aristocracy feasted in cold halls, the rich ate too much and screwed around, the middle classes had a sufficiency of good food and went to church, and the poor made do with raising a pig in the back garden and regularly getting drunk to forget their lowly circumstances All very bucolic and t There is a lot of erudition in this book, it really is an excellent history of English food, which didn t apparently get bad until the Victorians started to boil the life out of vegetables Before that, the aristocracy feasted in cold halls, the rich ate too much and screwed around, the middle classes had a sufficiency of good food and went to church, and the poor made do with raising a pig in the back garden and regularly getting drunk to forget their lowly circumstances All very bucolic and the stuff of Henry VIII and all that But is the author to be trusted According to her she grew up in a very wealthy home with an eminent surgeon for a father who was a vicious alcoholic, beat and abused her not sexually , became the youngest woman ever to be called to the bar and had to give up law due to the disrepute her own alcoholism and spendthrift ways brought on her She lived the high life, blowing her way through millions of pounds inheritance that she had from her mother and after this, bankrupt, she went into service as a cook And, much credit to her, a cookbook shop owner She also apparently screwed a guy actually in Parliament, but never even had a proper relationship, let alone married and had children.Eventually she achieved major fame with Jennifer Patterson as Two Fat Ladies, a long running cookery show in Britain where these two anarchic party going posh women drove around in a motorbike and sidecar and cooked fat laden food which possibly contributed to their early deaths.Her sister tells another story How this great big aggressive bully of a woman, much younger than her siblings absolutely dominated her mother and hit and punched her father who as a surgeon certainly wasn t a drunkard or abusive, forcing him to leave Her mother s original Will destroyed she inherited all the money and declined to share it with her siblings True story or sour grapes This tells me that although this is a 5 star book, a clever, well researched, detailed history of English food and how it changed through the ages, including interesting recipes from the past, but it s not half so interesting as the outrageous, exhibitionist and cruel author I don t want to read her autobiography, I would think it would reflect only what the perennially money hungry and attention seeking CDW thought would make an impact I want to read a biography of her with recipes

  2. Jan Yates (Hunter) says:

    So much information about English food Clarissa Dickson Wright knows her English Food Stuff Fascinating.I am an unabashed fan of The Two Fat Ladies regularly watch the series for the witty banter as much as the delicious food and recently decided to get their cookbooks before they fall out of print Clarissa brings the same tone and wit to this book If you love The Two Fat Ladies, you ll love this And if you ve not yet experienced The Two Fat Ladies, but enjoy learning new things, food and So much information about English food Clarissa Dickson Wright knows her English Food Stuff Fascinating.I am an unabashed fan of The Two Fat Ladies regularly watch the series for the witty banter as much as the delicious food and recently decided to get their cookbooks before they fall out of print Clarissa brings the same tone and wit to this book If you love The Two Fat Ladies, you ll love this And if you ve not yet experienced The Two Fat Ladies, but enjoy learning new things, food and dry wit this is for you, too.As could be expected, I found my interest waning slightly as the food presented becamefamiliar, but that s not to say that there wasn t something interesting to be said for our contemporary period of food I just happened to find itfascinating to read about how James I IV was responsible for so much of the evolution of English food who knew And with loads of juicy intrique asides that made me go do some research.Recommended for anyone interested in food and English history

  3. Julie Davis says:

    I really enjoy Clarissa Dickson Wright s take on history seen through the focus of food There s just the right amount of Wright s personality included because she will occasionally break in and comment about ancient recipes she s tried or her thoughts on a particular practice It is sprinkled with original texts from the past and it is interesting seeing what people liked enough to take the trouble to pass on to others Definitely recommended to anyone with an interest in food and English histo I really enjoy Clarissa Dickson Wright s take on history seen through the focus of food There s just the right amount of Wright s personality included because she will occasionally break in and comment about ancient recipes she s tried or her thoughts on a particular practice It is sprinkled with original texts from the past and it is interesting seeing what people liked enough to take the trouble to pass on to others Definitely recommended to anyone with an interest in food and English history The quotes I added to GoodReads from the book give a bit of the flavour

  4. Eustacia Tan says:

    I might have mentioned this before, but I m harnessing my current momentum desire to read books about or inspired by the history of the UK to make a dent in my TBR list and A History of English Food was one of these books I have this very bad habit where I ll put a book on my TBR list and then when I see it a second time, think oh this still looks great but I m not in the mood for it As the title mentions, A History of English Food is about the history of British food starting from the medie I might have mentioned this before, but I m harnessing my current momentum desire to read books about or inspired by the history of the UK to make a dent in my TBR list and A History of English Food was one of these books I have this very bad habit where I ll put a book on my TBR list and then when I see it a second time, think oh this still looks great but I m not in the mood for it As the title mentions, A History of English Food is about the history of British food starting from the medieval period and going all the way to modern Britain The book provides a general overview of what the British people, both rich and poor, ate and how their diets were changed by various influences It s packed with information and a lot of theories the author will state when it s just a pet theory, which makes it easier to discern fact and hypothesis , but interesting things I learnt included People used to rub their bodies with goose grease and sew themselves into their long johns to endure the winter cold Medieval England really enjoyed spices, something which seems to have been influenced by the Crusades Medieval England also really enjoyed sweet and sour dishes Eels and rabbits would also have been part of the medieval larder and were even intentionally farmed for their meat Overboiling vegetables is a pretty recent thing.There s a lot , but probably the main takeaway I got is that what we think of British food not only has changed greatly through the centuries but has also been greatly influenced by countries in Europe, the Middle East, and even Far East tea, anyone It s a good reminder that the world has always been globalised and the influence of cultures on each other actually helps to enrich a country s own identity.The tone of the book is very chatty and informal, as though the author is talking to you directly And even though each chapter is pretty long, they didn t feel as though they were very long The chatty nature of the book also helps the author s own reminiscences particularly as the book heads towards modern British cuisine and opinions about the foods that she s tried feel like a natural part of the book.Scattered throughout the book and then collected into an appendix are recipes from the various periods of English history I appreciated all the passages from contemporary sources that she quoted and it definitely helped me visualise the type of foods they ate If you re into recipes and want to try your hand at something new, you could consider a few of these some of them sound pretty good.Overall, this was a fun read about the history of English food If you re completely unfamiliar with the topic, I think this would be right up your alley And even if you re not a foodie, you should read this if you re planning to readhistorical novels and nonfiction books it s definitely going to help me appreciate the finer details when I come across them.This review was first posted at Eustea Reads

  5. Catullus2 says:

    A fun romp through English food.

  6. Stephanie says:

    A History of English Food is a well written and interesting look at the development of English food from the medieval period to the present day Aimed at the general reader, it provides fun little historical facts, recipes and menus from a variety of eras, combined with the memories and recollections of the author In some ways, it is a book of two halves The first half is very much historically focussed The second half, dealing with the world wars onwards, contains farpersonal recolle A History of English Food is a well written and interesting look at the development of English food from the medieval period to the present day Aimed at the general reader, it provides fun little historical facts, recipes and menus from a variety of eras, combined with the memories and recollections of the author In some ways, it is a book of two halves The first half is very much historically focussed The second half, dealing with the world wars onwards, contains farpersonal recollections and first hand experiences

  7. Elizabeth says:

    My Mum bought this book for me it s really a fascinating read, even if you re not a cooking maniac I like the author from seeing her on various TV shows and she has a great voice when writing The book s very engaging she links history and social things excellently with the food history and makes connections I d never thought of Also I could see this being an interesting resource for anyone wanting to add some historical flavour and pun intended to a historical or fantasy novel.

  8. John says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here One of the easiest five stars to award I ve run across since joining Goodreads A friend listened to this as an audio version, coming away less impressed, which I could see happening For one thing, there are quotes from historical texts, as well as descriptions of recipes, that I was able to skim through to get the idea, whereas I certainly would not have wanted to listen to those lengthy passages.One feature which struck me as particularly impressive had to do with the balance that Clarissa pu One of the easiest five stars to award I ve run across since joining Goodreads A friend listened to this as an audio version, coming away less impressed, which I could see happening For one thing, there are quotes from historical texts, as well as descriptions of recipes, that I was able to skim through to get the idea, whereas I certainly would not have wanted to listen to those lengthy passages.One feature which struck me as particularly impressive had to do with the balance that Clarissa pulled off in presenting a historical overview Quite often in these situations therecent material getsattention, but here there s a fairly even distribution Moreover, she has actually tried recreating some of the centuries old recipes, so that the reader finds them relevant rather than justhistorical data points I suppose if one doesn t like her sense of humor, then the book isn t going to work out well, but I found her asides, shall we say, rather entertaining and meaningful in terms of keeping this nonfiction book from being in any way dry.She mentioned at the outset that this is a project that she had always meant to do, so it was rather touching that it went to press about a year before her death I read a library copy, but would find it easily worth the cost to purchase one if necessary to read again Highly recommended

  9. Katy Noyes says:

    I love social history, and the history of food in our country really is an interesting one.I listened to Clarissa narrating her own book, and while she s a personable enough reader, the material does get somewhat dry at times Maybe reading on paper would be a better way of connecting with and taking in everything she has to impart.Some really fascinating insights I found the Middle Age Tudor, Victorian and the 20th Century sections the most, there is a lot there I never knew before the hist I love social history, and the history of food in our country really is an interesting one.I listened to Clarissa narrating her own book, and while she s a personable enough reader, the material does get somewhat dry at times Maybe reading on paper would be a better way of connecting with and taking in everything she has to impart.Some really fascinating insights I found the Middle Age Tudor, Victorian and the 20th Century sections the most, there is a lot there I never knew before the history of potatoes through to fish and chips, the truth about Walter Raleigh, the health or otherwise of peasants through the ages, when certain foods came to our country.Not one for everyone, but if you are interested in viewing our history through what we ve eaten over the centuries, you may really enjoy this

  10. Tara says:

    Reading this book is kind of like hanging out with one of your favourite cantankerous great aunts sneaking cigarettes in the garden and making snarky comments about the goings on of a large family gathering It s a breezy read, which doesn t cover any new ground if you have read any other popular histories of common foods Which is fine If you like food and think CDW is an occasionally problematic national treasure, you ll enjoy skimming this book.