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Food in early modern England : phases, fads, fashions 1500-1760

Author: Joan Thirsk
Publisher: London ; New York : Hambledon Continuum, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What did ordinary people eat and drink five hundred years ago? How much did they talk about food? Did their eating habits change much? Our knowledge is mostly superficial on such commonplace routines, but this book digs deep and finds surprising answers to these questions. We learn that food fads and fashions resembled those of our own day. Commercial, scientific and intellectual movements were closely entwined with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Thirsk
ISBN: 9781852855383 185285538X 9780826442338 0826442331
OCLC Number: 70987444
Description: xx, 396 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Setting the scene before 1500 --
The food scene captured in print, 1500-50 --
The widening world of food, 1550-1600 --
Science and the search for food, 1600-40 --
War and a renewed search for food, 1640-60 --
Food in a quickening commercial world, 1660-1700 --
On the edge of the next food world, 1700-60 --
Regional and social patterns of diet --
A closer look at some foods: Bread ; The meat of farmyard animals and rabbits ; Eggs and bird meat, farm-fed and wild ; Fish ; Dairy foods ; Vegetables and herbs ; Fruit ; Drinks ; Condiments : spices, salt, pepper, sugar and sauces --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Joan Thirsk.
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What did ordinary people eat and drink about five hundred years ago? How much did they talk about food? Did their eating habits change much? This book looks for and finds surprising answers to these  Read more...

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'This book is a contribution to food writing and to the history of agriculture, the economy, the environment and material culture. It surely deserves to become a classic.' --Sanford Lakoff

 
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