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  • Published: 15 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780099586951
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $24.99

The Hungry Empire

How Britain’s Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World


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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.

  • Pub date: 15 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780099586951
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Lizzie Collingham

Lizzie Collingham taught History at Warwick University and was a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge before becoming an independent historian. Her books include Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors and The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food. She is currently an Associate Fellow of Warwick University and the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge. She recently completed a project researching the history of the kitchens of the Indian President’s palace and regularly lectures on a gastronomic tour of Kerala. She works in a garden shed near Cambridge.

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Praise for The Hungry 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”

Strong Words

“Dazzling… This book’s treatment of food in the empire is innovative and exciting… A remarkable achievement”

Guardian

“Fascinating… This is a marvellously wide-ranging and readable book, stuffed with engaging details and startling connections”

Financial Times


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