Calf's Head and Coffee: The Golden Age of English Food

Radio Times
Review by:
Gill Crawford

Few would deny that British food and restaurant culture have undergone a renaissance in the past 20 years or so, but the century from 1650 marked an equally seismic change in our farming, cooking and eating habits — a true culinary enlightenment.

Stefan Gates produces some tasty 18th-century treats — John Evelyn’s “sallet” or salad is a colourful delight — but I’m not sure peeling the skin off
a calf’s head and restuffing it for a “Calf’s Head Surprise” is going to take off in today’s domestic kitchens…

About this programme

Food writer Stefan Gates delves into the past to discover the origins of British cuisine, focusing on an often overlooked Golden Age, some 300 years ago. He also recreates a host of old recipes in his kitchen, from calf's head surprise to a 1699-style salad. Featuring contributions from historians Dr Annie Gray, Ivan Day and Peter Brown.

Cast and crew

Cast

Presenter
Stefan Gates
Contributor
Dr Annie Gray
Contributor
Ivan Day
Contributor
Peter Brown

Crew

Executive Producer
Rachel Boyd
Writer
Stefan Gates
Categories
Food
Documentary

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