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A Taste of History: 10,000 Years of Food in Britain Paperback – 7 Jul 1997

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press; New edition edition (7 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714117889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714117881
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 17 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 669,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The collaboration of five food historians, this text provides an authorative survey of British cooking. Over 90 practical recipes adapted for the modern cook allow the reader to experience a real taste of the past. The early recipes are based upon archaeological discoveries and the later on manuscripts or cookbooks of the period.


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By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Jan. 2011
A history of food with added recipes. Taking things chronologically it starts with the mesolithic (yes indeedy) and brings us up to the Second world War. This is a good introduction to the subject, with sufficient detail to give a full picture but not so much as to make it turgid. The digressions are relevant and illuminating, and there are plenty of illustrations including some good ones of kitchen equipment through the ages.

The recipes however need to be taken with care. They are laid out in instruction form with modern listings of ingredients in both metric and imperial measures. Where they are taken from early cookbooks the original text sometimes accompanies; in other cases there is a bit of introductory background. Some are excellent - this is the only place I found a successful recipe for Carrageen mousse - but others look very odd indeed and I wouldn't like to eat them. There are useful descriptions of dishes we come across in old accounts; if you want to know what a "sack posset" the recipe is here, but I wouldn't want to make it unless I was engaged in historic reconstructions, in which case I would prefer a book more focused on the period in question.

A better book, though harder to get hold of, is The Cookery of England- Ayrton, not Acton!)
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Content fine but the condition of the copy received was poor.
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