On 18th June Sadie Hirst returned to give us a follow up talk to the one she did last year, where she talked about the history of cookery books – ‘Much Ado about Food’. She made the progression from recipes to the material culture i.e. the pots and pans with which to cook and the ‘History of Food’.
She explained that decisions about what you eat, where you buy it, whether you choose to eat meat or be vegetarian or vegan defines ourselves and our cultures. Migrants use their traditions of cooking to help remind themselves of the countries from which they have come.
Sadie began in Neolithic times and took us up to the Tudor/Stewart times.