Pickled, Potted and Canned

Pickled, Potted and Canned : The Story of Food Preserving

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We may not give much thought to the boxes in our freezers and the dried goods on our shelves. Yet behind the story of food preservation is the history of civilisation itself - a fascinating blend of social history, popular science and man's ongoing curiosity and ingenuity when it comes to food.

From Francis Bacon, who died trying to freeze a chicken, to Attila the Hun, who 'gallop cured' his meat by storing it under his horse's saddle as he rode, history is littered with wonderful stories of those who have contributed to our knowledge. And there have also been some notable mistakes. In 1800, archaeologists in Egypt discovered and consumed a jar of honey, still edible after thousands of years, only to find at the bottom the preserved body of a dead baby, which had been embalmed in honey...!
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 224 x 145mm
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 35 b&w illustrations
  • 0747223343
  • 9780747223344
  • 1,382,766

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'This remarkable book is full of bizarre stories which not only divert and entertain but yield many illuminating insights into social history' Daily Telegraph - Daily Telegraph

'Absorbing and detailed' Express - Express

'The book, like its subject, has a huge historical and geographical scope ... But it also boasts tremendous characters ... This is a fascinating and well-researched book, seething with anecdotes and information' Sunday Telegraph - Sunday Telegraph
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About Sue Shephard

Sue Shephard is a Channel 4 TV producer, whose specialist areas are popular science, food and cooking, botany and horticulture, i.e. Food File, Grow Your Greens, United Tastes of America, and Plant Life.
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3 33% (60)
2 7% (13)
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