The Hungry Empire: How Britain’s Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World

The Hungry Empire How Britain s Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World 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 tw

  • Title: The Hungry Empire: How Britain’s Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World
  • Author: Lizzie Collingham
  • ISBN: 9781847922700
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 continentThe 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, re shaping landscapes and culinary tastes To be British was to eat the world.The Empire allowed Britain to harness the globe s edible resources from cod fish and salt beef to spices, tea and sugar By the twentieth century the wheat to make the working man s loaf of bread was supplied by Canada and his Sunday leg of lamb had been fattened on New Zealand s grasslands.Lizzie Collingham takes us on a wide ranging culinary journey, charting the rise of sugar to its dominant position in our diets and locating the origins of the food industry in the imperial trade in provisions Her innovative approach brings a fresh perspective to the making of the Empire, uncovering its decisive role in the shaping of the modern diet and revealing how virtually every meal we eat still contains a taste of empire.

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    1. Dr Elizabeth M Collingham has lectured at Warwick University and been a reasearch fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge.

    2. From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week:This culinary journey through history examines how the growing Empire allowed Britain to harness the globe's edible resources; from cod fish and salt beef to sugar, spices and opium. Historian Lizzie Collingham brings a fresh perspective to the making of the realm, uncovering its decisive role in the shaping of the modern diet and revealing how almost every meal we eat still contains a taste of empire.Today we board the Mary Rose to discover how salt cod helpe [...]

    3. Unexpectedly great! It artfully manages to weave all those popular "one thing that influenced the world" books in a coherent, restrained yet utterly enlightening narrative. And since it deals with a truly global and ever reaching empire it could be called the best take on the popular world food history so far. I absolutely didn't count on such a masterful execution! Sheer brilliance!

    4. Provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewGreat resource for anyone interested in the British Empire, colonization and the connection of both with food. The chapters are all centered around a dish and the history behind it. This just didn't work for me. It made it hard for me to stay in the rhythm and keep reading. I do recognize that this book contains a lot of good information and interesting stories. Maybe I will give this a second chance in the future, but right now I prefer movi [...]

    5. This is a history of the relationship between food and the British Empire. The author presents twenty chapters, each one an essay of sorts about some part of the British Empire and of a distinctive food or drink associated with it. Why so many chapters? Well the Empire lasted for a long time and came in distinct periods (pre and post US revolution; white settler colonies vs India vs other African colonies). I do not get the sense that Professor Collingham is presenting all original research here [...]

    6. Fascinating exploration of the British Empire and its global trade in food and how that trade still affects what and how we eat. From the Newfoundland fisheries of the 16th century to Bridget Jones in the 20th, what we eat and where it comes from has been affected by the often complex trade links that we rarely pay attention to. This book does, and thus opens up a whole new way of looking at the Empire and its legacy. With many illustrations and some recipes, this book is not only a joy to read [...]

    7. This is an excellent book which I thoroughly enjoyed. It's a gripping read and I learned a great deal about the history of the British Empire. The author traces the importance of food in the creation and maintenance of the empire, describing the ways in which the trade in food established patterns of power, how foods were taken from their native environments and introduced into different countries and the economic and social effects of this. I was particularly fascinated by the way that the need [...]

    8. TASTE OF EMPIRE: Brilliant Thesis with A Lot of Information fangswandsandfairydust/201Sometimes brilliant academic works make great popular non-fiction. I think Lizzie Collingham’s THE TASTE OF EMPIRE is probably a good print read in this way. There’s so much information and history, and so many figures in that history that, as an audiobook, it was hard to follow and lacked the pizzazz needed for it to function well as an audio. The narrator may read fiction wonderfully; she has a very prope [...]

    9. In this time of globalisation we take it for granted that we can access food from all around the world but this wasn't always the case. In this book Collingham looks at the impact of the British Empire on the diets back home but also those abroad. Taking as stimulus accounts from history and fiction describing food, she looks at how trade and economics have affected nutrition. The book is truly fascinating, how maize from the Americas is a staple now in Africa, how opium was traded for tea and s [...]

    10. Really an amazing book. Easy to read as each chapter looks at a specific time period and specific food but cumulatively there is a lot of information to absorb. The Western world does not come out looking all that at good since in their desire to benefit a few they ran roughshod over the bodies of a lot of people all over the world. Not that the rest of the world have angelic histories, but Western culture prides itself on its culture and education and when looking at the details it doesn't look [...]

    11. In these modern times of accessing food from all over the world, even food not in season in our hemisphere,it's sometimes difficult to realise that much of the ingredients we are used to today were not heard of or available in Victorian times, although exotic herbs and spices had been available many years before.This very informative book tells the story of how our modern day to day meals came into being.Very highly recommended. I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Random Hou [...]

    12. This is a very interesting and well researched book. Each chapter has its own subject, so it's easy to read a bit here and there. There are also illustrations and recipes to enrich the text. I know quite a bit of British history but did learn a lot from "The Hungry Empire". I also appreciated the fact that it tells you facts without glorifying Britain. Definitely recommended to anyone interested in history or food!Thank you to NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

    13. Great historic socio-political perspective on food and tradeWhile traveling in former colonial India and Sri Lanka we read this book to get a real perspective on the socio-political and culinary impacts of empire and global trade. Fascinating and informative read. Recommend it for history and food buffs.

    14. Nice read detailing the " Empire's " global reach in terms of influence and thus other areas, such as military, foodstuffs, culture, etc. Gives us, the reader an insight on how England shaped the world to their beliefs and how they altered the way of life for many races i.e. - slavery and indentured servants to serve their purpose(s). Pure Evil.

    15. A great idea and very well executed, with lots of great detail. Th approach works very well, at the start, but becomes more laboured towards the end, as the strong anti-colonial standpoint takes over. I started reading the book alongside a lot of reading on the East India Company, and it proved a delight, so I'll not hold the later parts against it.

    16. Really interesting insights into Britian's colonial past through the lens of food. The book documents the growing empire and it's fall into the 20th century. Would recommend to anyone interested in food history or the colonial empire.

    17. A great book revealing how the trade in foodstuffs enabled Britain to build its vast empire, and how food and spices from thousands of miles away came to be regarded as quintessentially British.

    18. Just a taster!Highlights what little history is passed onto a nation.Replaced by government propaganda.

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