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News – Happy New Year 2019!

We love book orders from this site, and I will be sending them out promptly, so please use the Current titles tab under Books/Catalogue on the menu above on this page. We use Parcel Force or couriers, or Royal Mail. Our payments are handled by Pay Pal or by Nochex which takes Visa and Master Card, all other cards except for Amex. We are hopefully fast at getting the orders out so please go ahead!

New publicity! A Dollop of History is one of my favourite blogs, and here is what they made of Sweet Slices of History – seems to have gone down well – thank you!

We also had a great write up in the Morning Star best gardening books of 2018 for Damsons – An Ancient Fruit in the Modern Kitchen by Sarah Conrad Gothie – ‘a very readable guide to their history and botany, how to grow them and, in particular, how to cook and preserve them.’

A wonderful article in Saveur, on Honey from a Weed by Patience Gray 

New books! Sweet Slices of History by Marjory Szurko is just out. We had a splendiferous book launch at Oriel College in December, and over 100 people came. Get your copy here:

Our food history magazine which comes out 3 times a year is called Petits Propos Culinaires, or PPC. PPC – new subscriptions will start with PPC 113, due February 2019. To subscribe, use the link above. PPC 112 has been sent out!

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