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The Biscuit


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Biscuits are as British as fish and chips or the Sunday roast - and they have been for centuries. From sustenance for explorers to comfort food for a nation, here is the surprising, wide-ranging, social history of Britain through the biscuit.

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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.


[A] fascinating book... Collingham is a wonderful researcher, combining academic rigour with an eye for the captivating details that make the world more interesting -- Rachel Duffett * BBC History *
Fascinating ... ranks up there with Salt and Cod by Mark Kurlansky ... Collingham has pulled it off again -- Prue Leith * Spectator *
Like an assorted tin of biscuits, this charming and beautifully illustrated book has something for everyone, combining recipes with entertaining vignettes of social history * History Reveal, *Books of the Year* *
Enjoy tucking into this well-researched cultural history * Waitrose Weekend, *Christmas Gift Guide 2020* *
An incredible journey * Daily Express *

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