5 First Catch Your Gingerbread
ISBN-13 978-1-909248-69-4 Publication date: 10th November 2020 176 pages; 187 x 137 mm; paperback with flaps Price: £15.00
Gingerbread is a lovely, squidgy treat which has played a part in almost everyone’s childhood. But do you know what gingerbread was made of when it first arrived on our plates; was it flavoured with honey? When did treacle, dark, sticky, and on its own, fairly strong tasting, which adds moisture, depth of flavour and character to baking, first become available? Then there's the question of when gingerbread migrated from the home kitchen to commercial products. And why did the gingerbread man leap from the tin, and run so fast with a fox snapping at his heels?
FIRST CATCH YOUR GINGERBREAD by Sam Bilton will answer your historical questions, starting with gingerbread in Roman and medieval times, and those grand banquets from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Then Sam Bilton takes us right up to the present day, where entire cities are now built from gingerbread for display.
Sam Bilton is a food historian, who runs the Repast Supper Club, food events with a historical theme. She is also a food and drink writer, with articles appearing in magazines and online, with English Heritage, and she works on historical recipes, recreating them for the modern day, including an eighteenth-century recipe for a Bride Cake. Sam is a member of the Guild of Food Writers Committee, and on several panels.
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