Posts Tagged “history”

China to Chinatown by J.A.G. Roberts – review

China to Chinatown by J.A.G. Roberts – review

There can’t be a single town in the UK or North America that can’t boast at least a Chinese takeaway or a brace or two of Chinese restaurants, but have you ever wondered why it’s Chinese food that is so ubiquitous and not, say, Malay or Turkish? J.A.G. Roberts has written China to Chinatown –…

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Eating for Victory – Ministry of Food – review

Eating for Victory – Ministry of Food – review

This is a fascinating book of reproductions of official Second World War instruction leaflets, and it will bring back memories for many a grandmother who had to feed a family on rations that seem very meagre by today’s standards. Picture this, dear reader: Britain is at war and imported produce has to run the gauntlet…

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Korean Cuisine – An illustrated history – review

Korean Cuisine – An illustrated history – review

Michael J. Pettid has produced a book that is destined to become a classic work on the evolution of Korean cuisine. It isn’t a recipe book although it does have quite a few. It’s a history book and charts the culinary progress of Korea from ancient times to the present. It is, as it says,…

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Cold Comfort – a Story of Ice Cream

Cold Comfort – a Story of Ice Cream

Ice cream was probably invented in China in the first millennium. The first British recipe for ice cream was published in “Mrs. Mary Eales’s Receipts” in 1718. The recipe did not include a process for making the ice smooth so it must have had the texture of a granita (frozen flavoured syrup which is then…

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Ode to the Chippie! or From Odeon to Chip Shop

Ode to the Chippie! or From Odeon to Chip Shop

It’s a magazine about Food, Places and Faces, OK? Sometimes all of those things will come together and today is one of those days when memories flow! I am not going to tell you the story of how my friend Tony set light to his car seat (adding a whole new meaning to the word…

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