- Title: Spicing up Britain: The Multicultural History of British Food
- Autor: Panikos Panayi
- Publisher (Publication Date): Reaktion Books (April 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861893736 | 1861896581
- ISBN-13: 978-1861893734 | 978-1861896582
- File Format: EPUB, PDF
From the arrival of Italian ice-cream vendors and German pork butchers, to the rise of Indian curry as the national dish, Spicing Up Britain uncovers the fascinating history of British food over the last 150 years. Panikos Panayi shows how a combination of immigration, increased wealth, and globalization have transformed the eating habits of the English from a culture of stereotypically bland food to a flavorful, international cuisine.
Along the way, Panayi challenges preconceptions about British identity, and raises questions about multiculturalism and the extent to which other cultures have entered British society through the portal of food. He argues that Britain has become a country of vast ethnic diversity, in which people of different backgrounds—but still British—are united by their readiness to sample a wide variety of foods produced by other ethnic groups. Taking in changes to home cooking, restaurants, grocery shops, delis, and cookbooks, Panayi’s flavorful account will appeal to a wide range of readers interested in ethnic cooking, food history, and the social history of Britain.
“Wearing his twin hats of foodie and social historian, Panikos Paniyi can appall as well as engender salivation on his tour d’horizon of the multicultural history of British food. His book demonstrates convincingly that whether drawing on its former colonial and imperial possessions . . . or on its European neighbors, the openness of British society has truly enriched its diet and produced its present-day variegated cuisine.”—Washington Times
“This fill a gap between studies of British regional food and the legion of book on Anglo-Indian eating, as it has a much wider sphere of influences.”–“The Bookseller””Next time someone fulminates about ”foreign invaders” or ”lazy immigrants” give them a copy of Panayi”s book. Or buy them a meal.” — Alasdair Buchan “Diplomat” (05/01/2008)”This fills a gap between studies of British regional food and the legion of book on Anglo-Indian eating, as it has a much wider sphere of influences.”-The Bookseller”What makes Panayi”s book distinctive and valuable is that he demonstrates his central point by examining the diverse dimensions of Britain”s food supply and catering business over the past 150 years. . . . If Panayi has an agenda, it is to wake up ignorant Brits, to make them realise how central immigrants have been to the development of the UK”s economy and culture in the last century and a half.” — Jeremy MacClancy “Times Higher Education Supplement” (06/19/2008)”His book demonstrates convincingly that whether drawing on its former colonial and imperial possessions (including the United States, with its ever-popular hamburger and other fast foods) or on its European neighbors, the openness of British society has truly enriched its diet and produced its present-day variegated cuisine.” — Martin Rubin “Washington Times” (06/01/2008)
About the Author
Panikos Panayi is professor of European history at De Montfort University. His father was a Cypriot pastry chef working in London.
the book is the perfect choice for someone who wants to know a lot about the begining and influence of multicultural cuisine in Britain. Everything I expected.