A History of English Food

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5 out of 5 stars
By Carole Withane on 07-25-14

Fascinating, entertaining and informative

If you could sum up A History of English Food in three words, what would they be?

Really great to hear the story told by the author herself.

What did you like best about this story?

we all know about her obvious passion for cooking, but few know that Clarissa has an equally deep knowledge of history and in particular food and its introduction to the British Isles through history, whose influence on the commonwealth through the 18th and 19th centurys is the resulting fabric of my own culinary heritage.

What about Clarissa Dickson Wright’s performance did you like?

Familiar and warm, she reads in a conversational voice, and its as though you are sitting talking with her over a cup of tea.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What you never suspected about british food, the aristocracy and the poor.

Any additional comments?

Loved it. Vale Clarissa- thank the universe you penned your great work to leave as your legacy!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-05-13

Interesting food history

As a fan of the two fat ladies and deeply interested in the lost arts of the kitchen I really wanted to give this book a go and I did enjoy it.

Clarissa gives a good run-through of English cuisine starting from Medieval times. It is quite fascinating what she has to say and listening to some of the recipes she has un-earthed make me wish I had bought the printed book so I could try some of them.

There are a few disappointments however. For some reason the tone of her voice isn't as boisterous or excitable as she was in the Two Fat Ladies TV series. She is often quite monotone and only occasionally bursts out with her usual enthusiasm.

There are also a lot of "I supposes" and "In my opinions" so that although she has obviously researched her material there are quite a lot of educated guesses about her subject matter. Not hugely distracting but it happens so often you do start to wonder how much solid facts are in the book.

All in all I did enjoy the book, although I am not sure how many listens I will give it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 05-11-12

Recipe for a great listen

Brits and Aussies may remember Clarissa Dickson Wright as one half of the Two Fat Ladies. I did, and as such couldn't resist buying this book. I wasn't disappointed - with her characteristic wit and wisdom, Dickson Wright makes this gastronomic history of England both entertaining and fascinating. I'm still musing over the origin of the phrase "to eat humble pie", which I had often wondered about but never known who to ask.

Yes, there are a lot of "I suspect"s, a lot of theories which the author really can't substantiate - but at least she acknowledges this, and the unexpected personal musings and personal recollections only add to the flavour of this book, if not to the academic rigour.

Dickson Wright's narration of her own work is of course fantastic - really no one else's voice would do.

An absolute must for anyone interested in history and/or food.

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