- 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)
The Joys of Excess (Penguin Great Food) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Apr 2011
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About the Author
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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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.