How Britain’s Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World
A mouthwatering journey across the centuries and continents to discover how food drove the British Empire and shaped the world
'A wholly pleasing book, which offers a tasty side dish to anyone exploring the narrative history of the British Empire' Max Hastings, Sunday Times
WINNER OF THE GUILD OF FOOD WRITERS BOOK AWARD 2018
The glamorous daughter of an African chief shares a pineapple with a slave trader… Surveyors in British Columbia eat tinned Australian rabbit… Diamond prospectors in Guyana prepare an iguana curry…
In twenty meals The Hungry Empire tells the story of how the British created a global network of commerce and trade in foodstuffs that moved people and plants from one continent to another, reshaping landscapes and culinary tastes. The Empire allowed Britain to harness the globe’s edible resources from cod fish and salt beef to spices, tea and sugar.
Lizzie Collingham takes us on a wide-ranging culinary journey, revealing how virtually every meal we eat still contains a taste of empire.
“A wholly pleasing book, which offers a tasty side dish to anyone exploring the narrative history of the British Empire”
Max Hastings, Sunday Times
“This is a fascinating and timely study of the far-flung sources of our food supply”
Jane Shilling, Daily Mail
“Revelatory... Original, thought-provoking and highly entertaining”
Daisy Goodwin, The Times
“After reading this you’ll never sit down to dinner without finding a trace of empire in your meal again”
“Dazzling… This book’s treatment of food in the empire is innovative and exciting… A remarkable achievement”
“Fascinating… This is a marvellously wide-ranging and readable book, stuffed with engaging details and startling connections”