Throughout the history of civilization, food has been more than simple necessity. In countless cultures, it has been livelihood, status symbol, entertainment – and passion. In the new Great Food series, Penguin brings together 20 beautifully designed books featuring the sharpest, funniest, most delicious writing about food from the past four hundred years.
Here are kitchen conversations across the centuries: from the warm and bossy Gervase Markham in 1615 to the freshness and seasonality of the latest writer, Alice Waters, founder of the slow food movement; while Calvin Trillin, lover of ribs and burgers, shares a quirky, sidelong love of food and aphorisms with that well-known eighteenth-century foodie, Brillat-Savarin.
Great Food offers something for every food lover: the enthusiastic cook who bites the bullet and makes their own haschiche fudge or jugged hare; the armchair foodie, reading for inspiration and pleasure; and the social history lover who relishes the chance to peek inside kitchens in the past and across the world. See the whole series at www.penguin.co.uk/greatfood . Books £6.99 each.
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