Historic Recipes

Find featured recipes and food history articles by periods in history.

Food History Articles. Food History in Britain and Ireland is a very interesting story, almost biographical of the nations themselves. Read about regional recipes, ingredients, kitchenalia and food practices.
The Dark Ages. The Celtic Britons throw off their allegiance to a failing Rome. The Anglo-Saxons invade and begin a long settlement process. Full recipes are not written down yet, sporadic evidence only comes from Medical texts etc.
The Medieval Period. The Normans invade England and defeat the Anglo-Saxons to become the ruling elite. The first English recipe books appear: 'The Forme Of Cury' shows an increasing use of imported ingredients.
The Tudor Period. Henry VIII breaks with Catholic Rome while Elizabeth I oversees Britain's rise to become a naval superpower. Foods from the America's arrive more frequently and become common ingredients.
The Stuart Period. The English Civil War and the growth of parliamentary democracy. Sir Kenelm Digby's recipe book lists many diverse recipes; recipe methods are now explained in more detail (the modern recipe book).
The Georgian Period. The American War of Independence is fought, freeing the USA from Britain's rule. Food is becoming more elaborate and 'chocolate' becomes a favourite drink and is sold in the coffee and tea houses.
The Regency Period. The seeds of industrialisation start to flourish as the Napoleonic War takes its toll. An interest in recipes and food history increases, while 'Cook Books' become best sellers.
The Victorian Period. Foods and food traditions start to become less fluid and less regionally diverse: food is an important commercial activity now, and industrial processes are used in their manufacture, 'preservative' methods are refined.