A History of Food in 100 Recipes
Although recipes are included, this is more a book for foodies than a cookbook. Zeroing in on 100 trends or "aha moments" in culinary history, Sitwell not only talks about iconic dishes, but the effects that the invention of the fork, refrigeration, and the Victorian housewife manual, Beeton's Book of Household Management, have had on simple food preparation. Salad dressing from 1699 is celebrated along with a bread recipe illustrated on an ancient Egyptian wall. While gourmet dishes may sound wonderful, the simple Rice Kripsies Treat has a lot to say about the times and culture in which it was created.