Using National Trust resources and information, this book provides a social history of food, from medieval times to the 20th century - what food was available, where it came from, how it was prepared, served and taken. It contains 90 historical recipes and their modern adaptations. Sara Paston-Williams tackles the subject chronologically, from the cavernous kitchens and great halls of medieval houses like Cotehele in Cornwall, to the technology of late-Victorian service areas like Cragside in Northumberland, producing food for ornate dining rooms and intimate parlours. Other books by her include "National Trust Book of Christmas & Festive Day Recipes", "National Trust Book of Pies", "National Trust Book of Fish Cookery", "National Trust Kitchen Store Cupboard Recipes" and "Beatrix Potter's Country Cookbook".
As the title says, ' A History of Cooking and Eating ' using National Trust properties for some of the illustrations. A hugh selection of drawings, paintings, etc., accompany a comprehensive text that includes menus and recipes for relevant dates. Something of a colossal piece of work and well worth the £30 list price, although I paid a fraction of that from a charity shop.
A little grumble at Goodreads. Please make correct title entries. National Trust should appear as the 1st part of the title. The 2nd should be The Art..... Due to this incorrect entry the only way I could locate this book was by authors name.