Alastair Budge
Professional Teacher
British food has a bad reputation. It's often considered boring, uninspiring, and tasteless. But it hasn't always been this way. Discover what role William the Conqueror, Henry VIII, The French Revolution and Colonialism all played in making British food taste the way it does.
The Curious Taste of British Food
Nov 2, 2021 7:01 AM
Comments · 6
Good premise. I believe that the British did not learn anything from there conquest. All food is amazing. I mean its a question to ask within.
Nov 3, 2021 3:41 AM
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Nov 14, 2021 8:05 PM
French President Jacques Chirac said rather dismissively the British food was the second worst in Europe. My father was rather unimpressed with British food when he came in the late 1950s, apart from the puddings. He adored them, with or without custard or cream.
Nov 23, 2021 4:30 PM
Reading about Brits traveling around the world and getting bored of foreign food was frankly hilarious :D
Nov 21, 2021 10:24 PM
I have lived and travelled all over the world. I can say, hand on heart, that I have been disappointed in almost every location I set about exploring in all ways culinary. I had bought into the story that British food lacked something the rest fo the world did not. I grew up in the UK. We all knew about the tales of overseas splendour, said to be lacking in British food. The thing is the 'national dishes' such discussions are usually based on, aren't the whole picture. But that seems to be irrelevant for whosoever recalls the much maligned UK food position. Over the first half of my life in the UK, all that texture, colour and flavour of overseas cuisine found it's way into my life. Every kind of imaginable ingredient was imported to create a vast a tableaux of tastes to explore. Yet the myth persisted - in spite of the the kitchen revolution that sprouted up. We actually had in the UK had a smorgasbord; a rich pageant of everywhere, everywhen and everything edible. Still, I believed the word on the street. British food = terrible food. But the lie was about to be broken... Imagine my confusion when I first went travelling (40 years and I am still going strong). I found most food to be uninteresting, bland, or awful. I could upset everyone. But that's not my intention at all, so I'll just say that only Middle Eastern and Thai food brought me any prolonged pleasure. This surprised me. Most cultures seemed to offer narrow bland offerings or a signature dish which all too soon became boring; so boring that even locals were eating fast food or any 'international' foods, too. It's a mystifyingly persistent untruth - the UK's lack of interesting dishes. The reverse is actually the case. It may NEVER have been true. It's also just as likely that these things are cyclical phenomena with periods of stagnation, consolidation and change. There are many influences (like shortages, through war), innovations, fusions, conquest. For me: Rest of the world 1 UK 2 is more accurate.
Nov 5, 2021 4:35 PM
Alastair Budge
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English, French, Italian
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