Fish and Chips: A History Hardcover – 15 Aug 2014
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About the Author
Panikos Panayi is Professor of European History at De Montfort University, Leicester, and the author of Spicing Up Britain: The Multicultural History of British Food (Reaktion, 2008).
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Panayi finds the origin in London in the early 1800s--in of all things, Jewish cookery combining fish and potatoes. It became popular because it was filling and cheap. The heyday of fish and chips appears to be 1920 to 1980, with a gradual eclipse with the arrival of American fast-food chains such as KFC, and the proliferation of Indian and Chinese restaurants (also offering filling food at a good price). The thousands of mom and pop fish and chips places has greatly diminished, and there is a kind of nostalgic patriotism for that era.
The book actually could be shorter, and might best be part of the "Edible" series, but it is good as is.