In a vivid panorama, Londoner's Larder presents the food of a great city. Annette Hope has used biography, literature and social history to explore the city of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Pepys, Johnson, Dickens, Wilde and Virginia Woolf, and to show in lively detail what these writers and their contemporaries might have eaten, where the food came from and how it was cooked. She looks at problems of supply, distribution, nutrition, cooking, and health and hygiene as the city expanded and changed character, and in a final chapter chronicles the effect of social, economic, and ethnic shifts since the end of the Second World War. At the end of each chapter are recipes from the period, written in modern, usable form. From the take-away pasties baked by the Cook in The Canterbury Pilgrims to dinner at the Cafe Royal, from John Evelyn's recipes for salads to Mrs Beeton, from the introduction of coffee to the appearance of ration books, this book charts the gastronomic life of London in scholarly and entertaining detail. A discussion of the twenty-first century city rounds off the picture.
If London beguiles you, literature seduces you, and recipes fascinate you, this book will intrigue and delight you.
Annette Hope was born in Barcelona and has lived in Scotland since 1952. A former university librarian and regular food writer for The Scotsman, she is now retired and divides her time between southern France and Edinburgh. She is married and has three daughters.