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Borough Market

Edible Histories: Epic tales of everyday ingredients

Mark Riddaway



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Hodder & Stoughton
27 January 2021
* Shortlisted for Debut Food Book of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2021 * One of The Times Books of the Year 2020 _____________ 'Fascinating and entertaining - a pleasure to read.' Claudia Roden As a nation of food-lovers we have been munching on fruit and veg, drinking tea and coffee and adorning our dishes with oils and spices for generations, but have you ever stopped to wonder how our most beloved foods came to be the way they are now?

In this series of enlightening and highly entertaining essays, award-winning food writer Mark Riddaway travels back through the centuries to tell the fascinating, surprising and often downright bizarre stories of some of the everyday ingredients found at London's Borough Market.

Discover how the strawberries we eat today had their roots in a clandestine trip to South America by a French spy whose surname happened to be Strawberry, why three-quarters of Britain's late-18th-century intake of tea was sold on the black market, and what Sigmund Freud found so fascinating about eel genitalia.

From the humble apples and onions that we've grown on these shores for centuries, to more exotic ingredients like cinnamon and bananas that travel from across the world to finesse our food, Borough Market: Edible Histories offers a chance to digest the charming stories behind every last morsel.
By:   Mark Riddaway
Imprint:   Hodder & Stoughton
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 218mm,  Width: 138mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   380g
ISBN:   9781529349702
ISBN 10:   1529349702
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   27 January 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mark Riddaway is an award winning writer and editor and publisher, having previously won Editor of the Year at the Independent Publisher Awards. His involvement with Borough Market began more than a decade ago, and since 2012 he has been the editor and publisher of Market Life, the Market's bi-monthly food magazine, which was named Best Magazine or Supplement by the Guild of Food Writers in both 2018 and 2019. In 2020, Mark's regular columns in Market Life earned him a place on the Guild's shortlist for its food writing award.

Reviews for Borough Market: Edible Histories: Epic tales of everyday ingredients

Mark Riddaway's Edible Histories is thoroughly researched and engagingly written and belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in food history. Even if you are not interested, this is the book that will get you started. -- Mark Kurlansky This book is for lovers of food and markets and history. It's also a book that everyone who eats should read. It is fascinating, informative and entertaining. Mark Riddaway effortlessly guides us though Borough, telling the story of the market and its produce with ease and grace. -- Kay Plunkett-Hogge It's so important that Borough and the food community are supported, and what better way of spreading the word than through the stories and histories of a most historic market that has become a unique beacon of good things. -- Jeremy Lee Fascinating and entertaining - a pleasure to read. -- Claudia Roden This is the perfect book for those moments when you find yourself in the kitchen wondering about how a particular ingredient found its way into our everyday culinary lives. It's as enticing as Borough Market always is, as witty as Mark Riddaway always is, and packed with the kind of knowledge I love. -- Angela Clutton The story of Borough Market mirrors the British food revolution. This book tells that story; deliciously, ingredient by ingredient. -- William Sitwell

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