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Dining with the Victorians By Emma Kay

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Journey through Britain's food history and discover the fascinating, gruesome and wonderful culinary traditions of the Victorians.

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Dining with the Victorians: A Delicious History by Emma Kay

From traditional seaside holiday treats like candy floss, ice cream and fish 'n' chips, to the British fascination for baking, the Victorian era has shaped British culinary heritage. Victoria's austere attitude after an age of Regency indulgence generated enormous cultural change. Excess and gluttony were replaced with morally upright values, and Victoria's large family became the centre of the cultural imagination, with the power to begin new traditions. If Queen Victoria's family sat down to turkey on Christmas day, so did the rest of the nation. Food was a significant part of the Victorians' lives, whether they had too much of it or not enough. The destitute were fed gruel in the workhouses - the words of Dickens's Oliver are forever imprinted on our minds: 'Please, sir, I want some more.' The burgeoning street traders spilling over from the previous century devolved into a whole new culture of 'mudlarks', trotter boilers and food slop traders, to name but a few. Wealthy Victorians gorged with the newly emerging trend for breakfast, lunch and tea. Public dining became de rigeur, and the outdoor 'pique-nique', introduced a new way of eating. Victorians also struggled against many of these trends, with the belief that denial of food was a moral good. This was the era of educating and training in food management, combined with the old world of superstition and tradition, that changed British society forever.

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'A brilliant look back into not only the food, but the whole way of life of that era. I was hooked from the first page.' * Martin Caws, Group Executive Chef of the Casual Dining Group *

About Emma Kay

Emma is a post-graduate historian and former senior museum worker. Now, food historian, author and prolific collector of Kitchenalia, with numerous books to her name, she lives in the Cotswolds with her husband and young son. Her articles have appeared in publications including BBC History Magazine, The Daily Express, Daily Mail and Times Literary Supplement. She has contributed historic food research for a number of television production companies and featured several times on Talk Radio Europe, BBC Hereford and Worcester and LifeFM. Emma has appeared in a ten-part series for the BBC and Hungry Gap Productions - ' The Best Christmas Food Ever' - and on BBC Countryfile, co-presenting a feature exploring the heritage of the black pear. Emma founded the Museum of Kitchenalia in 2012 (

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Dining with the Victorians: A Delicious History by Emma Kay
Emma Kay
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