Monday, March 4, 2013

Featured Author: Bee Wilson

Bee Wilson is a British food writer, author, and historian, the daughter of writer A.N. Wilson and Shakespearean scholar Katherine Duncan-Jones. Wilson's food histories have been admired by Nigella Lawson, Claudia Roden, and Marion Nestle; her books have been called "mind-opening", "surprising", "mouth-watering", and "completely reliable".  Her distinguished career includes a Ph.D. from Cambridge, food critic for the New Statesman, a weekly food column in the Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine, and three time winner of the Guild of Food Writers' Food Journalist of the Year.  You can read several of her articles (such as "The Capital of Gluttony", "Queen-Size Appetite", and several book reviews) via the Literary Reference Center, accessible with your valid library card through our Books and Literature subject guide, or check out her website for more information.  If you're intrigued by food history, try one of her books from our catalog:

Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud, From Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee
A history of food adulteration in Britain and the U.S., including illegal ingredients, the substitution of cheap ingredients, and legal adulteration with chemical additives, resulting in "food products" such as Velveeta.
Sandwich: A Global History [eBook only in our catalog]
From the invention of the sandwich by John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, to the present day, Wilson's book examines how the sandwich has evolved and different kinds of sandwiches eaten throughout the world.
Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat
A history of eating through the perspective of kitchen technology - how we prepare, serve, and consume our food - across different eras and cultures.

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