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Industrial Food and Imperialism


What is ‘industrial food’?

Please come to the seminar prepared to recount the origins of ONE well-known British brand.
What role has empire played in shaping the British diet? Please come to seminar with an example of how the empire penetrated into British eating practices.


Bickham, Troy, ‘Eating the Empire: Intersections of Food, Cookery and Imperialism in Eighteenth-Century Britain’, Past and Present 198 (2008), 71-109.*
Collingham, Lizzie, Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors (Oxford, 2007), esp. chapter 6.
Goody, Jack, ‘Industrial Food: Towards the Development of a World Cuisine’,Cooking, Cuisine and Class (Cambridge, 1982).*
O’Connor, Kaori, ‘The King’s Christmas Pudding: Globalization, Recipes, and the Commodities of Empire’, Journal of Global History 4 (2009).*

Petrick, Gabriella, 'Industrial Food', Oxford Handbook of Food History, ed. Jeffrey Pilcher (Oxford, 2012).*

Sharma, Jayeeta, 'Food and Empire', Oxford Handbooks of Food History, ed. Jeffrey Pilcher (Oxford, 2012). *
Walvin, James, Fruits of Empire: Exotic Produce and British Taste, 1660-1800 (Basingstoke, 1997).

*Sign into the Warwick Library catalogue to access the electronic version.