Written by Dr Annie Gray, presenter of BBC2 series Victorian Bakers and The Sweet Makers.
'If your visit to Gunnersbury and its kitchens has left you hungry for more information about Victorian cooking, entertaining, and eating, this book provides a feast of information and social commentary.
Queen Victoria was 'as plump as a partridge' for a reason. Menus from royal archives show mass catering on a huge scale, endless eating and enormous portions. Dishes included gratin of larks and hashed hare. Below stairs, food preparation in the often uncomfortable kitchens was endless and risky- fire was a big killer at the time.
This book is written in an engaging and entertaining style and celebrates Victoria's love of the good life and good food. A vivid portrayal of a world before calorie counting and portion sizes, this is a book to savour and enjoy.'
- Heather, volunteer at Gunnersbury Park Museum
Paperback, 400 pages
12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm