The new British cookbook

13 Nov 2020, 18:30 - 19:30

The British Academy on Zoom Webinar

How have international tastes influenced the food we eat today? Join food historians as they discuss 250 years of British cuisine and uncover our changing tastes at this online event. From the occasional peacocks that graced the dining tables at the court of King George III to the chicken tikka masala we know and love today, the food we eat is rooted in Britain’s connections to its international past. Discover how Georgian royal tastes tweaked classic Italian and German dishes, find out about the global origins of 19th and 20th century recipes like Mrs Beeton’s mango chutney, and test your own foodie knowledge in pop-quizzes.

It is also your chance to say what you think and how this reflects different British tastes today. Share your favourite recipes which will be gathered into the ‘New British Cookbook’ collection – a guide to the flavour of Britain today.

Part of Being Human Festival, 12-22 November


Rachel Rich
, Reader in History, Leeds Beckett University
Lisa Smith, Lecturer in History, University of Essex

Leah Hyslop
, Deputy Editor of Waitrose Food

This event will have live subtitles provided by Stagetext, delivered by MyClearText

Free, booking required.

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