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The Joys of Excess by [Pepys, Samuel]
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Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) was a naval administrator, Member of Parliament and best remembered as a diarist. Kept between 1660-1669 and written in Shelton's shorthand, Pepys' diary recorded major historical events, like The Plague and The Great Fire of London alongside his more personal concerns and activities, including politics, his work in public life and rows with his wife, Elizabeth. Throughout are his fulsome thoughts on food, including his first encounters with drinking chocolate.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 221 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004V2WREA
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #912,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Joys of Excess (Penguin Great Food)In my opinion, this is a rather lazy cut-and-paste job, which is almost unworthy to bear this famous publisher's name. There is no editorial comment, glossary or index. Readers would be well advised to refer to the original transcription and glossary from Messrs Latham & Mattews. Pepys devoted ten years of his life to this daily diary of his every thought and intimate deed, yet we are left with few clues as to why he was dining, on which occasion and in what historical context. If like me you are a keen amateur cook, and were hoping to discover some C17th recipes, you may be sadly disappointed. Nevertheless, it is a useful compendium for further research.
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This book consists of extracts from the diaries. The dates are given without the year, there are no notes or translations to provide either context, explanation, or modern~day names for things. All in all a very disappointing and unsatisfactory read, especially when compared to the enthralling diaries themselves. My advice ~ don't bother with this book, get the diaries instead.
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