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The Biscuit By Lizzie Collingham

The Biscuit by Lizzie Collingham

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Summary

But biscuits are not only tasty treats to go with a cup of tea, the sustenance they afford is often emotional, evoking nostalgic memories of childhood.

Lizzie Collingham begins in Roman times when biscuits - literally, 'twice-baked' bread - became the staple of the poor;

The Biscuit Summary

The Biscuit: The History of a Very British Indulgence by Lizzie Collingham

'Fascinating' - Prue Leith

Bourbons. Custard Creams. Rich Tea. Jammie Dodgers. Chocolate Digestives. Shortbread. Ginger snaps. Which is your favourite?


British people eat more biscuits than any other nation; they are as embedded in our culture as fish and chips or the Sunday roast. But biscuits are not only tasty treats to go with a cup of tea, the sustenance they afford is often emotional, evoking nostalgic memories of childhood.

Lizzie Collingham begins in Roman times when biscuits - literally, 'twice-baked' bread - became the staple of the poor; she takes us to the Middle East, where the addition of sugar to the dough created the art of confectionery. Yet it was in Britain that bakers experimented to create the huge variety of biscuits which populate our world today. And when the Industrial Revolution led to their mass production, biscuits became integral to the British diet.

We follow the humble biscuit's transformation from durable staple for sailors, explorers and colonists to sweet luxury for the middling classes to comfort food for an entire nation. Like an assorted tin of biscuits, this charming and beautifully illustrated book has something to offer for everyone, combining recipes for hardtack and macaroons, Shrewsbury biscuits and Garibaldis, with entertaining and eye-opening vignettes of social history.

The Biscuit Reviews

[A] fascinating book... Collingham is a wonderful researcher, combining academic rigour with an eye for the captivating details that make the world more interesting -- Rachel Duffett * BBC History *
Fascinating ... ranks up there with Salt and Cod by Mark Kurlansky ... Collingham has pulled it off again -- Prue Leith * Spectator *
Like an assorted tin of biscuits, this charming and beautifully illustrated book has something for everyone, combining recipes with entertaining vignettes of social history * History Reveal, *Books of the Year* *
Enjoy tucking into this well-researched cultural history * Waitrose Weekend, *Christmas Gift Guide 2020* *
An incredible journey * Daily Express *

About Lizzie Collingham

Lizzie Collingham taught History at Warwick University and was a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge before becoming an independent historian. Her books include Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors and The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food. She is currently an Associate Fellow of Warwick University and the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge. She recently completed a project researching the history of the kitchens of the Indian President's palace and regularly lectures on a gastronomic tour of Kerala. She works in a garden shed near Cambridge.

Additional information

GOR010810054
9781847926128
1847926126
The Biscuit: The History of a Very British Indulgence by Lizzie Collingham
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
2020-10-29
320
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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