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Consuming Passions: A History of English Food and Appetite - Philippa Pullar

Pullar traces the origins of English food to the time of Roman rule, swooping through the weird middle ages to modern times. I was astonished by this book and most of its material was almost completely new to me. I had no idea of the importance of the French influence on our cuisine, and it was fun to learn about the unlikely-sounding combinations of flavours - like fish and figs - that people enjoyed in the past.