The Secret Life of the Store Cupboard: 50 Extraordinary Histories of Everyday Foods by John Oldale

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  • ISBN 10 1780747594
  • ISBN 13 9781780747590
  • Published Sep 02 2021
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 304
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher ONEWorld Publications

Publishers Text

Ever wondered why a carrot is orange? Or whether orange is even a carrot’s natural colour? Can you tell your friends why Marmite tastes bitter? Or which fruit was originally thought to have scales? From the humble sardine to the seemingly unremarkable peanut, discover the extraordinary origins of our very ordinary ingredients in this witty, vivid blend of pioneering cultural history and gastronomic primer celebrating the wonderful variety of everyday British ingredients.

Ranging from the planes of sixteenth-century Afghanistan to the sludge-filled oak caskets of Victorian England, John Oldale delves into the bizarre and unexpected histories of the ingredients we thought we knew so well, inviting us to better imagine the strange and fantastic world we inhabit.