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Scoff: A History of Food and Class in Britain Hardcover – 5 Nov. 2020

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  • Publisher : Atlantic Books; Main edition (5 Nov. 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 178649647X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1786496478
  • Dimensions : 15.3 x 3.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Customer reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 398 ratings

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Sharp, rich and superbly readable... Vogler is sensitive to language, and she wields it brilliantly herself. Bons mot jostle with the kind of truth-skewering opinions that win reputations for restaurant critics... Ultimately, Vogler reveals why we eat what we do today - and it is fascinating. Sunday Times

Utterly delicious... I can't remember the last time I read a food book so interesting and so lively... The range of Vogler's reading is extraordinary... She has cooked up a banquet, and everything on the table is worth tasting at least once. ― Observer

This excellent history is full of fascinating facts about the food we eat... More tellingly, it pricks the pomposity of many of our social conventions surrounding eating. ― Daily Mail

A rich, persuasive diet of social friction, anecdotes and witty observation... It's a book to make the reader both think and salivate. Financial Times

Pen Vogler's history of food in Britain is a feast of little dishes, all of them delicious... She has wise things to say about nation, health and, especially, class, and she even finds room for one or two recipes. -- Dominic Sandbrook ― 'History Books of the Year', Sunday Times

Pen Vogler provides a fascinating social history of British food through the centuries and throws in a selection of enticing recipes from the past for good measure. ― 'History Books of the Year', Daily Mail

Taste in food, as Pen Vogler shows in this erudite yet lively compendium, is not just about preferred flavour, but what items in your shopping basket say about who you are or, more precisely, who you aspire to be... Scoff is full of such fascinating, intelligent dissections of familiar foods and culinary practices... Superb.'Book of the Week', The Times

A terrific history, in bite-sized chunks, of how food and drink relates to social status. ― 'Book of the Week', Guardian

A superbly researched romp through food, cooking and class in Britain, looking at everything from brown bread versus white to the dangers of the dinner party. Full of history, Scoff is never heavy, thanks to Vogler's writing style and wit. 'Best Food Books of 2020', Independent

So utterly fascinating that I read it in great greedy gulps, like a novel. Vogler is incredibly good company as she dismantles pretty much every assumption we make about how we, and other people, eat. -- India Knight ― Sunday Times

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The entertaining story of British cuisine and the hidden role it plays in all our lives.

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