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Scoff: A History of Food and Class in Britain

ISBN 13: 9781786496492


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Avocado or beans on toast? Gin or claret? Nut roast or game pie? Milk in first or milk in last? And do you have tea, dinner or supper in the evening?

In this fascinating social history of food in Britain, Pen Vogler examines the origins of our eating habits and reveals how they are loaded with centuries of class prejudice. Covering such topics as fish and chips, roast beef, avocados, tripe, fish knives and the surprising origins of breakfast, Scoff reveals how in Britain we have become experts at using eating habits to make judgements about social background.

Bringing together evidence from cookbooks, literature, artworks and social records from 1066 to the present, Vogler traces the changing fortunes of the food we encounter today, and unpicks the aspirations and prejudices of the people who have shaped our cuisine for better or worse.

‘With commendable appetite and immense attention to detail Pen Vogler skewers the enduring relationship between class and food in Britain. A brilliant romp of a book that gets to the very heart of who we think we are, one delicious dish at a time.’ Jay Rayner

ISBN 13: 9781786496492

Author: Pen Vogler

Author(s) Pen Vogler
Format Paperback
ISBN 13 9781786496492
Pages 480
ISBN 10 1786496496
Publisher Atlantic Books
Weight 428 g
Publication Date 05-08-2021
Dewey 641.0941
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