Ernest Hemingway dined at Chateau Margaux and drank an impeccable 1920’s vintage. He sniffed, sipped and swallowed, commenting in true Hemingway style that the wine was “not bad at all”…Read More
Mr. Woodhouse’s gruel is delicious, simple and nourishing, but it uses more decadent ingredients than Oliver Twist had in the workhouse. As a hypochondriac, Mr. Woodhouse might have preferred the bland version, but this recipe shows a more common dish eaten by the wealthy and middle classes of the period…Read More
As we’ve seen in both Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol, food plays an important role in Dickens’ novels. But these are not the first appearances of gruel and negus in literature. In fact, earlier in the nineteenth century, Jane Austen utilized the dishes to show character development and social convention…Read More
In so many ways, A Christmas Carol hit upon the zeitgeist of Victorian Britain: it successfully married Christmas history with the tragic social problems rife throughout the country. But it did so in an uplifting sense of tradition, family and goodwill…Read More
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