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  • Mass Market Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241951127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241951125
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.7 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 820,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) was a naval administrator, Member of Parliament and best remembered as a diarist. Kept between 1660-1669 and written in Shelton's shorthand, Pepys' diary recorded major historical events, like The Plague and The Great Fire of London alongside his more personal concerns and activities, including politics, his work in public life and rows with his wife, Elizabeth. Throughout are his fulsome thoughts on food, including his first encounters with drinking chocolate.


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The Joys of Excess (Penguin Great Food)In my opinion, this is a rather lazy cut-and-paste job, which is almost unworthy to bear this famous publisher's name. There is no editorial comment, glossary or index. Readers would be well advised to refer to the original transcription and glossary from Messrs Latham & Mattews. Pepys devoted ten years of his life to this daily diary of his every thought and intimate deed, yet we are left with few clues as to why he was dining, on which occasion and in what historical context. If like me you are a keen amateur cook, and were hoping to discover some C17th recipes, you may be sadly disappointed. Nevertheless, it is a useful compendium for further research.
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This book consists of extracts from the diaries. The dates are given without the year, there are no notes or translations to provide either context, explanation, or modern~day names for things. All in all a very disappointing and unsatisfactory read, especially when compared to the enthralling diaries themselves. My advice ~ don't bother with this book, get the diaries instead.
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HASH(0x9e75a21c) out of 5 stars Pepys Lite...a digestible bit of history 18 Sept. 2011
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For most of us, Pepys diaries are a bit of a slog. Fascinating in part, slow going and endlesss in others. These excerpts give you all the flavor of life in the 17th Century, but none of that long wait between courses. I've always thought that one of the best ways to understand an individual or a people was to see what and how they eat. That really holds true in this collection of Pepys' meals.

If the idea of the full course Pepys journey is daunting, or if you've read the diary and just want to see some of the best bits again, "The Joys of Excess" is exactly right. Pepys' gossipy, adulterous little heart is revealed, we get a clear and detailed look at what people in Restoration London thought,talked about and wore, as well as what and how they ate.

Best of all that mean little courtier's wit is not sacrificed. At a dinner with friends and colleagues, the son of a rival bureaucrat imbibes a too heartily and is sent home by his embarrassed parents. The inebriated boy returns and oafishly polishes off yet another bottle. Says Pepys: "...so that Will did heartily anger his father and mother by staying. At which I and my wife were much pleased." Nicely put.

Pepys, his "dalliances" and his dinners are superb entertainment. The editing is commendable. The fascinating events of the day get full coverage, we learn quite a bit about Whitehall and the reign of Charles II and the cheery licentiousness of Old Rowley's court. All in all, this collection is a historical feast with many of the best bites from the Diaries. Enjoy.
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HASH(0x9e75a504) out of 5 stars What a dish! 7 Jan. 2012
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This was intended for a Christmas gift. The recipient wasn't too thrilled. The entire series published by Penguin Books is really quite clever. They took works by famous individuals, some from the culinary world and reproduced them. I thought it was interesting to read about life in other times. Kudos to Penguin for doing this, anyway!
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