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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (7 Oct 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162365825X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623658250
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,341,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ian Crofton was formerly editor-in-chief of The Guinness Encyclopaedia, and has written a wide range of other general reference books, including Science Without the Boring Bits, Brewer's Britain and Ireland and Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable (both with John Ayto), A Dictionary of Musical Quotations (with Donald Fraser) and A Dictionary of Art Quotations.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BLONDE BABE on 31 Jan 2014
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Rather boring - could have been set out differently but I just found it hard to get into and thoroughly boring.

It's off to the charity shop.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jilly duck on 12 Feb 2014
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Love this book. A very engaging look at food through the ages in a light hearted but informative style. A great present for almost anyone with even a passing interest in the origins of English food heritage.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By liam mcglinchey on 30 Dec 2013
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Not a bad book, but more a collection of anecdotes from different periods of history. Very different from 'An Edible History of Humanity'
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Bursting Many Food History Myths with Humor 16 Oct 2014
By Janet Perry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Starting with pre-history and going up to the present, Crofton's book is a delightful romp through much history that remains little known or surrounded with myths that just aren't true.

Crofton sets out to give us many bits of history in engagingly-written short anecdotes and to give us the real history of many foods instead of the ones, e'everyone' knows. You will learn the real origins of spaghetti and choosey, the items in many famous banquets and the stories behind several famous dishes.

With lots of quotes and recipes reproduced from several old cookbooks, this book is a delight.
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