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Fish and Chips: A History Hardcover – 15 Aug 2014

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books; First Edition edition (15 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780233612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780233611
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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good book and quick delivery of it , thanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short and terrific read about the historical and cultural history of 'fish ... 4 Nov. 2014
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Short and terrific read about the history and cultural of 'fish and chips.' Detailed, accessible and fun. Lot's of good footnotes. (Who knew there used to be something called, "The Fish Fryer's Gazette.")
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5.0 out of 5 stars Efficient chips? 2 Mar. 2015
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This is another title from a lively publisher, a title that sounds like a joke but it's not. Fish and chips does indeed have a history. As an American, it is something I had always associated with the Brits, but never knew much about--chips to Americans refers to potato chips. This is a well-illustrated book, and yes, there are interesting photographs, more than a shot of a menu. The writing is good.

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.
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