Culinary Pleasures

Nicola Humble

In Culinary Pleasures, Nicola Humble serves up a fascinating history of Britain’s culinary evolution through the cookbooks which have inspired us over the course of a century, from Mrs Beeton to the rise of celebrity TV chefs.

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For foodies and lovers of great British cooking, from Mrs Beeton to celebrity TV chefs, Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver, Culinary Pleasures takes a unique look at Britain’s culinary history – a journey expressed through the development of its cookbooks. From collared calf’s head with buttered nettles to egg and avocado pate to fish and porcini pie; from soggy carrots to asparagus al dente, this book has it all.

Punctuated throughout with recipes reflective of the period and evocative images, Culinary Pleasures is a complete delight for foodies everywhere and constitutes a fascinating record of Britain’s changing cultural attitudes.


Nicola Humble was born in Singapore in 1964 and grew up all over England, with six years in Germany. She studied English at Wadham College, Oxford, followed by a PhD on Robert Browning and history. She has been a university lecturer for fifteen years teaching at various Oxford University Colleges and then Exeter University. She has been at Roehampton University…

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