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What was life like for the Romans who lived in Pompeii? History Extra investigates: C is for cafe cultureThe latest estimate reckons that there were about 200 cafes and bars in the town altogether – about one for every 60 residents. A counter usually ran along the street to catch the passing trade, selling cheap
There’s a lot more to food than taste, smell and appearance. Its origin, cultivation, consumption, and symbolism, can tells us a lot about the people who eat it, their status in society, and the culture they live in. That’s what Medieval Tastes: Food Cooking, And The Table is about. So, if you’re simply interested in
Christopher Impey discusses The Life and Death of Dando, The Celebrated Oyster Glutton: Indeed it was John Dando’s insatiable appetite that frequently put him in prison. His modus operandi was simple: he feasted on what he couldn’t afford, touring London’s eateries, consuming huge quantities of food then refusing to pay. He was committed to Brixton
Martha Lloyd was a close friend of the Austen family. Cassandra, Jane’s mother, even contributed to the book of recipes she wrote at Chawthon. Here’s her entry: If the vicar you treat,You must give him to eat,A pudding to hit his affection;And to make his repast,By the canon of taste,Be the present receipt your direction.
When I was little, whenever I was sick, my mum would give me chicken soup, buttered rice, and slices of banana. Even today, I rememeber these dishes fondly, and, the rare times I’m ill, I still crave them. They instantly lift my mood as I reminisce about when being ill meant staying home from school
An ice cream is a delicious way to cool you off when you’re feeling hot. Like in the summer, when the temperatures are scorching. Or after hours of dancing at a ball or party. Ice creams (or ice puddings, as they were then called) were commonly served at such occasions during the Victorian era. Ice
Have you ever wondered what the ancient Romans ate? Poor people usually ate only what was available locally, and thus cheap, but rich Romans could afford to buy expensive food that came from all parts of their vast empire. Here are four recipes you would have very liked tasted if you had been invited to