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Scottish Life and Society Voume 5: The Food of the Scots
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ISBN:
9780859766968
Categories
History, Scottish Life & Society Series
Imprint
John Donald
Publication Date
22 November 2007
Format
Hardback
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
528

Scottish Life and Society Voume 5: The Food of the Scots

Scottish Ethnology Volume 5
by Alexander Fenton - Find out more about the author
'[a] rich mixture' - Ronnie Scott, The Herald
 

Food, like procreation, is one of the major concerns of the human race. It affects every aspect of life, at all social levels. In Scotland, as elsewhere, the farther back in time we go the more the daily diet is related to the local environment. This book explores the nature of food in the past, including game and wild plants, cereals and dairy products, flesh and drink, whether home-brewed ale or wines from abroad. Through extensive research and examination of long-held customs, the author provides a detailed appraisal of the realities and complexities of the Scottish diet. Food such as the everyday oatcakes and cheese, prepared in a special way for seasonal or work (especially harvest) occasions, and for the personal occasions of birth, baptism, marriage and death, is discussed in a major section of the book.
 

The adoption of hot drinks – chocolate, coffee and tea – from the end of the seventeenth century marked an economic upswing, at first at high social levels. The resulting change in the composition and timing of meals was reinforced by the industrial age a century later. Dependence on rural products was gradually reduced by imports and by preservation techniques, – canning, refrigerations, etc, – which have facilitated the consumption of foods from any part of the world, at any season. The apparent monotony of the past diet is now replaced by an embarrassment of choices, in which health considerations play a considerable role.
 

Professor Emeritus Alexander Fenton, CBE, son of an Aberdeenshire shoemaker and crofter, is the author of many books and articles on Scottish country life. He has served as Senior Assistant Editor of the Scottish National Dictionary, and has been Director of the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, of the School of Scottish Studies of the University of Edinburgh, and of the European Ethnological Research Centre, for which he is now a consultant.

    






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