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Historic Heston: a Radio 4 Book of the Week

Posted on: 21/10/2013 with tags: An Appetite for Violets, bbc radio 4, Book of hte Week, food, Food Historian, Heston Blumenthal, Historic Heston, history, Martine Bailey, The Great British Bake Off

While we’re waiting for the finale of this year’s series of The Great British Bake Off and Martine Bailey’s post to accompany it tomorrow, we’ve been catching up on last week’s Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4. 

If you haven’t listened to it yet, we highly recommend that you do, but hurry, for there are only a few hours left to listen to Episode 1 here.

In Historic Heston, world-renowned chef Heston Blumenthal charts the best of British cooking from the mediaeval to late-Victorian periods, and includes such wonders as quaking pudding (from 1660) and mock turtle soup (from 1892). Blumenthal examines the history behind the invention of 28 historic British dishes and the science explaining how they work. Blumenthal puts these dishes into their social context and Historic Heston is a wonderfully idiosyncratic culinary history of Britain. 

Check back tomorrow for Martine Bailey’s final Great British Bake Off-themed post.

Amy Dolman

Post author: Amy Dolman

Amy is responsible for the smooth running of the H for History website, and enjoys reading history-based fantasy. She also like to photograph sites of historical interest in her spare time with a cup of bovril and a pork pie for company. Favourite period of history: Ancient; Favourite historical read: Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave; Upcoming book i'm most looking forward to: Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick

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