From Roman orgies, Christian fasts, Chaucer’s favourite sauces, claret gushing in the palace gutters at Henry V’s coronation blow out, medieval table manners, the gargantuan breakfasts of Henry VIII, Samuel Pepys on a pub crawl, Dr. Johnson’s disgusting feeding habits, the voluptuous menus of Sir Francis Dashwood and the Hell Fire Club, to the supreme gluttony of the Edwardians, Philippa Pullar conducts the goggled eyed reader through the vagaries of English taste, comments pungently on the close connection between bed and board, and closes with a selection of mouth watering medieval recipes and aphrodisiacs.
“Fascinating” Birmingham Post
“A work of love and care and art. Never have I come across such a crisp, exciting . . . history of taste . . . Many anecdotes are side splitting” The Times
“Excellent” New York Times
“It is impossible to give more than a tiny sample of the fascinations to be found in this book”. Times Literary Supplement
Paperback, 277 pages. In good pre-loved condition with the exception of age related colour change consistent with the age of book, fading to spine extending slightly to front cover (please see photo), and .indentation to front cover. A fascinating book!