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

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

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In The Hungry Empire: How Britain’s Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World, Lizzie Collingham takes us on a wide-ranging culinary journey, revealing how virtually every meal we eat still contains a taste of empire.

  • By Lizzie Collingham
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Published by Vintage (9 Aug. 2018)
  • Size: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm

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. 

Just 1 of our definitive collection of books on Trade, Empire & Migration here at the National Maritime Museum.

WINNER OF THE GUILD OF FOOD WRITERS BOOK AWARD 2018'

A wholly pleasing book, which offers a tasty side dish to anyone exploring the narrative history of the British Empire' Max Hastings, Sunday Times

"This is a fascinating and timely study of the far-flung sources of our food supply", Daily Mail 

Lizzie Collingham taught History at Warwick University and was a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge before becoming an independent historian. Her books include Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors and The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food. 

 

 

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