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An Army marches on its stomach ... and ships sail on suet!
on 7 October 2010
This is a remarkable piece of in-depth research about a very obscure but fascinating subject. Janet MacDonald deserves our gratitude for a book packed with anecdotes and interesting asides about the various characters involved in feeding the thousands of sailors in Britain's navy. Some of the suppliers were honest and adventurous, cornering the beef market or buying up the greens in tiny little ports and harbours, often in countries at war with Britain! Many of them were crooks and rogues, pilfering or double-dealing, turning a dishonest profit or leaving the poor sailors with rotten meat, rancid cheese and mouldy biscuits. This book touches on the men, their mess bills, dining habits, cooking tips and even includes some recipes for anyone who wants to host a 'Captain Jack' dinner party!
I bought this book because it was recommended by Terry Pratchett - thanks Terry!