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The Hungry Empire: How Britains Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World

ISBN 
9780099586951
Format 
Paperback
Recommended Price 
R265.00
Published 
September 2018
About the book: 
A mouthwatering journey across the centuries and continents to discover how food drove the British Empire and shaped the world
 
'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.
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