The story of the twentieth century through one woman's life and the food she cooked for our most famous Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.
This is the story of a woman who was not a royal, not rich, not famous; someone who simply worked hard and enjoyed her life. But while Georgina Landemare saw herself as ordinary, her accomplishments were anything but. Georgina started her career as a nursemaid and ended it cooking for one of the best-known figures in British history: Winston Churchill.To him, food was central, not only as a pleasure but as a diplomatic tool at a time when the world was embroiled in war.
With this eager eater and his skilled cook, ranging from rural Berkshire to wartime London, via Belle Epoque Paris and prohibition-era New York, Annie Gray shows how life in service - and food - changed during the huge upheavals of the twentieth century.
ANNIE GRAY is a historian, cook, broadcaster and writer specialising in the history of food and dining in Britain from around 1600 to the present day. She does her research in libraries and archives but is a firm believer in cooking as research as well. She is the resident food historian on BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet and has presented TV history documentaries including Victorian Bakers and The Sweetmakers. She is the author of The Greedy Queen: Eating with Victoria, among other books, and is a Research Associate at the University of York. She lives in East Anglia.
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