The Hungry Empire: How Britain's Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World (Paperback)
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The Hungry Empire: How Britain's Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 09/08/2018
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'A wholly pleasing book, which offers a tasty side dish to anyone exploring the narrative history of the British Empire' Max Hastings, Sunday Times

WINNER OF THE GUILD OF FOOD WRITERS BOOK AWARD 2018

The glamorous daughter of an African chief shares a pineapple with a slave trader... Surveyors in British Columbia eat tinned Australian rabbit... Diamond prospectors in Guyana prepare an iguana curry...

In twenty meals The Hungry Empire tells the story of how the British created a global network of commerce and trade in foodstuffs that moved people and plants from one continent to another, reshaping landscapes and culinary tastes. The Empire allowed Britain to harness the globe's edible resources from cod fish and salt beef to spices, tea and sugar.

Lizzie Collingham takes us on a wide-ranging culinary journey, revealing how virtually every meal we eat still contains a taste of empire.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099586951
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 329 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is a fascinating and timely study of the far-flung sources of our food supply -- Jane Shilling * Daily Mail *
After reading this you'll never sit down to dinner without finding a trace of empire in your meal again * Strong Words *
A wholly pleasing book, which offers a tasty side dish to anyone exploring the narrative history of the British Empire -- Max Hastings * Sunday Times *
Revelatory... Original, thought-provoking and highly entertaining -- Daisy Goodwin * The Times *
Dazzling... This book's treatment of food in the empire is innovative and exciting... A remarkable achievement * Guardian *

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“Food for thought”

I was really surprised to discover just how big a part the need and desire for food played not only in the creation of, but also in sustaining, the British Empire. This also ultimately led to advances in processing... More

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