Menus that Made History: 100 iconic menus that capture the history of food (Hardcover)

Menus that Made History: 100 iconic menus that capture the history of food By Vincent Franklin, Alex Johnson Cover Image
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Delve into this captivating collection of the world's 100 most iconic menus which reveal not just the story of food but periods of history, famous works of literature, notable events, and celebrity figures from prehistoric times up to the modern day.

Each menu provides an insight into its particular historical moment - from the typical food on offer in a nineteenth-century workhouse to the opulence of George IV's gargantuan coronation dinner. Some menus are linked with a specific and unforgettable event such as The Hindenburg's last flight menu or the variety of meals on offer for First, Second and Third Class passengers on board RMS Titanic, while others give an insight into sport, such as the 1963 FA Cup Final Dinner or transport and travel with the luxury lunch on board the Orient Express. Also included are literary occasions like Charles' Dickens 1868 dinner at Delmonicos in New York as well as the purely fictional and fantastical fare of Ratty's picnic in The Wind in the Willows.

This fascinating miscellany of menus from around the world will educate as well as entertain, delighting both avid foodies and the general reader.

About the Author

Alex Johnson is the author of Shedworking and The Book of Book Lists. He has been part of the online team at the Independent since 2007 and runs the Shedworking (, Bookshelf ( and The Micro Life ( blogs. Vincent Franklin is an actor (Bodyguard, Happy Valley,The Thick of It) and Creative Partner at communications agency Quietroom.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780857835284
ISBN-10: 0857835289
Publisher: Kyle Books
Publication Date: October 8th, 2019
Pages: 224
Language: English