Most of us enjoy fish and chips, chicken korma and a nice cup of tea, but few of us consider how our culinary quirks came into being. This course will explore how different cultures, including conquerors and the conquered, have influenced British cuisine throughout history and continue to do so today.
Honorary Professorial Research Associate, SOAS, University of London
Anne Murcott is an author of books on food and society in recognition of which Uppsala University awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2009. She is now writing a history of food packaging (to be published by Bloomsbury).
With so many different cuisines on offer, does traditional British cuisine have a place in modern society?
It depends on what you mean by traditional. Are you talking about late Medieval times when virtually everybody was eating pottage? Or a Sunday lunch in 1931 in Manchester, where a family served roast New Zealand lamb in celebration? It's hard to define which is truly "traditional" because cuisine is always on the move.