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Pen Vogler

A History of Food and Class in Britain

York House, London Rd, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes MK11 1JQ

Saturday 11 September, 3pm
£Free (donations will be collected for MK Food Bank)*


"I loved it. It is a history and celebration of British food and eating habits and follows in the honourable tradition of Food in England by Dorothy Hartley, but is set in tone and content firmly in the 21st century" -- Monty Don

"A brilliant romp of a book that gets to the very heart of who we think we are, one delicious dish at a time." -- Jay Rayner

Avocado or beans on toast? Gin or claret? Nut roast or game pie? Milk in first or milk in last? And do you have tea, dinner or supper in the evening?

In this fascinating social history of food in Britain, Pen Vogler examines the origins of our eating habits and reveals how they are loaded with centuries of class prejudice. Covering such topics as fish and chips, roast beef, avocados, tripe, fish knives and the surprising origins of breakfast, Scoff reveals how in Britain we have become experts at using eating habits to make judgements about social background.


Bringing together evidence from cookbooks, literature, artworks and social records from 1066 to the present, Vogler traces the changing fortunes of the food we encounter today, and unpicks the aspirations and prejudices of the people who have shaped our cuisine for better or worse.

* To fit in with the theme of Edible England, local produce from Indian Orchard and The Chocolate Mill MK will also be available at the event . Why not enjoy a talk and some food? What's not to like about handmade chocolate and Indian savouries?

Biographical note

Pen Vogler is a food historian and author of books on food in the life and works of Dickens and Jane Austen - Dinner with Dickens and Dinner with Mr Darcy. She writes and reviews on food history for the press, edited Penguin’s Great Food series, and has recreated recipes from the past for BBC television.

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