Feeding the People in Wartime Britain

Evans, Bryce Feeding the People in Wartime Britain. Food in Modern History: Traditions and Innovations . Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781350259713 (Accepted for Publication)

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While the history of food on the home front in wartime Britain has mostly focused on rationing, this book reveals the importance and scale of nation-wide communal dining schemes during this era. Welcomed by some as a symbol of a progressive future in which 'wasteful' home dining would disappear, and derided by others for threatening the social order, these sites of food and eating attracted great political and cultural debate.

Using extensive primary source material, Feeding the People in Wartime Britain examines the cuisine served in these communal restaurants and the people who used them. It challenges the notion that communal eating played a marginal role in wartime food policy and reveals the impact they had in advancing nutritional understanding and new food technologies. Comparing them to similar ventures in mainland Europe and understanding the role of propaganda from the Ministry of Food in their success, Evans unearths this neglected history of emergency public feeding and relates it to contemporary debates around food policy in times of crisis.

Item Type: Book
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History and Politics
Depositing User: Bryce Evans
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2021 12:39
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2021 12:39
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3362

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