The many influences of the past on our diet today make the concept of "British food" very hard to define. The Celts, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, and Normans all brought ingredients to the table, as it were, and onwards the Crusades spread all manner of spices. The Georgians enjoyed a new level of excess, and then of course the world wars forced everyone into the challenge of making meals from very little. The post-war period brought convenience foods, and health issues which are being felt widely now. This is the first study of the rich history of British food, its fads and its fashions to be combined with a practical cookbook of over 200 recipes from each age for use today. Offerings include tasty beach BBQ ideas from Celtic times, a hearty Roman Army lentil stew, and ideas for festive feasts from every period.
About the Author
Jacqui Wood is best known as Time Team's resident food historian. She works as the Director of Saveock Water Archaeology, an archaeological research center and field school, and also works for English Heritage demonstrating Bronze Age technology.
"Wood's demonstration of ancient cookery is fascinating, due both to its culinary revelations and its insight into often ignored fragments of British history. An archaeologist, Wood has studied the history of British food from the stone age right up to the 1970s." —Guardian
"Be Inspired by Our Rich Heritage. If you think a bacon sandwich was invented during the boom days of the Celtic Tiger as the archetypal builders' breakfast, you would be very wrong. In fact, this tasty treat has been around since earliest Celtic times. A solstice feast could include a spit-roast of venison or wild boar (more pork), a smoked fish stew (leeks, chives, milk as well as more bacon), salmon or trout baked in clay, followed by fried crab apple and honey (in bread cups) washed down with honey-based drinks! Such menus and accompanying recipes—try the Roman soldiers' lentil stew—are to be found . . . an intriguing study of the rich history of food eaten in these islands from the earliest times." —Irish Sunday Independent