This is a book you suddenly come across and think, how brilliant I never knew all this fascinating stuff. It is really well researched, but more important it is full of terrific stories and curious facts about our food and our history and what we used to do to stay alive in bad times as well as making delicious preserved foods. It is clever, funny, entertaining and a really good read. perfect for holidays when you can read out extraordinary facts and stories to friends.
In this concise yet detailed history of man's attempts to provide food for times of need, Ms.Shephard describes all the usual, and some very unusual methods of preserving food. In chapters devoted to each particular method, she details how, by trial and error and by observation, people have discovered ways of extending the life of foodstuffs well past the natural sell-by date. This leads to the means by which explorers could subsist independently of the land or sea they were travelling in, thus expanding the boundaries of trade and colonisation. However, some of the preserving methods brought their attendant disadvantages, such as vitamin deficiencies, like scurvy or pellagra - the ways of combating these are also dealt with in the book. Ms.Shephard writes in a comfortable, informative style that is neither dumbing-down, nor patronising, but with clear, logical progression within the particular subject - with the occasional illuminating aside to spice things up. Drawing heavily on historical accounts, she has meticulously researched the subject and presented us with a fine addition to any amateur historian's library. A very worthwhile read *****
At first the title may seem boring to the average eye,but give it twenty pages and you are well under-way!An exciting,yet interesting and interlectual piece of work from a fine author. If you want to know anything about food preservation,get our your credit card and buy it from Amazon.co.uk.It's well worth it! This book is extremely factual and is bulging with information.A good buy and a good read.