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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable survey of regional foods, 7 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Traditional Foods of Britain: An Inventory (Paperback)
I am surprised that no-one has provided a review for this book. It provides an incredibly comprehensive review of traditional foods and food products and the social history around them. Each food is provided with a description, history, technique and (commercial) production. The descriptions are concise and precise giving sufficient information to visualise the food, especially when combined with the technique. Traditional foods rarely have just one method, diversity and variation being of the essence, and the book acknowledges this by giving information about the range of variation. This book does not set out to be a recipe book, although proportions of ingredients are sometimes given. It serves a different function; to record what people ate, the reasons and the range. To this end it includes histories, which are well written, coherent and clearly well researched.

In my food writing I usually go back to original sources, but this book is invaluable in providing a context for that study and it is never far from my desk. I have yet to find anything within this book which I would contest as being inaccurate, which considering the number of food products I have looked at, is quite remarkable.

For anyone interested in food in Britain and its history, this is a must-have book. The most comprehensive, accurate and reliable by far.
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Traditional Foods of Britain: An Inventory by Catherine Brown (Paperback - 12 Feb. 1999)
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