Why the world needs this blog


This blog will be about some of the people who have influenced how and what we eat today.  It will focus on the last 300 years and on Britain, with the odd skirmish into other eras and geographical areas.

I am writing it because after years of rather haphazard research I am going to be teaching a course in food history from September 2012.  My plan is to use the blog to make sure that I whip my notes into some kind of order and to share the stories as I go.

I like history that connects to my life and, since we all eat, I am hoping that blogs about farming, preservation methods, the rise of food processing, changes in shops, the technology of cooking and patterns of eating out will have a wider appeal.   We shall see!

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