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5.0 out of 5 stars An Army marches on its stomach ... and ships sail on suet!, 7 Oct 2010
This review is from: Feeding Nelson's Navy: The True Story of Food at Sea in the Georgian Era (Paperback)
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!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How square meals were dished up!, 1 Feb 2009
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This review is from: Feeding Nelson's Navy: The True Story of Food at Sea in the Georgian Era (Paperback)
A treasure trove of intriguing facts.
Anyone with an interest in cooking (and/or the Royal Navy) will find this book a fascinating collection of details regarding the importance of nutrition to the men on board.

The manner of how the Navy was actually vittled in itself, pre-refrigeration etc, was a revelation.
There are recipies and ingredients (in quantities for home use - not 800 hungry Tars!).

A great addition to the library of anyone interested in this period of British Naval history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and easy to read., 16 Sep 2011
This review is from: Feeding Nelson's Navy: The True Story of Food at Sea in the Georgian Era (Paperback)
Full of interesting facts regarding food and the navy of Nelson's time. The ever present rat, scurvy, pursers, ovens, one armed or legged cooks and much more. An entertaining read especially if you are interested in the subject, plus some very original recipes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb..., 21 Aug 2011
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G. Cowley (U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This book is superb. It covers the subject with the correct amount of detail to allow an interested layman to gain a good understanding of what allowed British naval supremacy (&, in consequence, the founding & maintaining of the British Empire).

It also provides a good base for anyone with academic interest in the matter; the bibliography / references give directions to necessary primary and secondary sources of information.

Lastly, for enthusiastic cooks and food-historians, it gives reliable and - as far as would seem possible - authentic recipes for contemporary naval food.

If you have an interest in this subject or intend this book as a gift for someone who has, there will be no disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OFF THE BEST BOOKS ON THE SUBJECT., 14 Mar 2014
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Well written and well reserched, For anyone interested in the real history and note the twist that is sometime put on by for example THE HORNBLOWER BOOKS etc then this is the book for you. Well doe JM.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it, 24 Feb 2014
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Lasse Enersen (Ballerup Denmark) - See all my reviews
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I love reading dry facts about an environment I have read fiction about and this really sums up the facts of food.
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