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Comment: Paperback. Ex-library with normal library markings. Mild handling marks to edge of text block. The text itself is free of marks, does show some bending. Cover shows mild edge wear and rubbing, rises slightly when book is laid flat as you would expect of a used paperback. Spine is creased but binding remains tight. A solid decent copy.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897334876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897334877
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,935,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"C. Anne Wilson's Food and Drink in Britain is one of the most fascinating histories to have appeared..." — The Guardian


"Wilson has found the means to transport readers through time..." — Booklist

About the Author

C. Anne Wilson was for many years in charge of the special collection of cookery books at the Brotherton Library in Leeds, England. She is the author of Food and Drink in Britain and many other studies of British food history.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 2000
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First published in 1973, this work remains the best place to start for any exploration into what the English ate, when it was consumed, and why they started. As a librarian, Wilson had access to an outstanding collection of cookery books that were given to the University of Leeds's Brotherton Library, and she made great use of them to talk about the "gradual changes and developments in the preparation of foodstuffs in Britain". This is not a cookbook and does not include historical adaptations. Any recipes that are included are there to illustrate a method or ingredient and are written as part of the text. Chapters are arranged by category or type of food. For example, chapter 4 covers "Wild fowl, tame fowl and eggs"; these subjects are then discussed in a chronological fashion, proceeding from the ancients, the Romans, early medieval, etc. Wilson includes a marvelous bibliography and footnotes that can be used to further explore the subject. For a work that is nearly 30 years old, it is still an essential reading and shelf reference volume for culinary and social historians. Any general reader with an interest in British history or social customs would also find it of great value.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 9, 2004
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As a writer and a devotee of history, I am always looking for the ultimate resourse books on anything and everything from A-Z. And that is what this book is, the ultimate book on what Brits ate from stone age days to Victorian era! Not a "quickie" book, but a thorough researched book on the diet of our ancestors. It broken down into chapters in food types, the one fault I have with the book (wish it had been broken down in periods of time or at least cross-references. Maybe next updated printing?

But if you are a writer needed to know if the food fits the period, you really need this. Easy prose so it does not come across as dull facts.

An absolute must for all romance writers!
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Among British medieval cooking books this offers the most background on the period, the food, the methods of preparation and detailed instructions on how to lay a feast.
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I enjoy reading most history books & this is one I really like. You can find out a lot about PEOPLE by what they eat & drink &how they cook it. This book tells you what they ate & drank & the kind of pots they used to store food. How the methods of preparing dishes evolved with time. If you like history & food, you may like this book.
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By pjburn on November 6, 2014
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Nicely detailed and organized. Very helpful information for a writer working on stories set in 2500-1500 BCE, though I would have liked more specifics on that era rather than the later centuries.
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