Author(s): Pen Vogler
Dinner with Dickens celebrates the food of Victorian England by recreating dishes the author wrote about with such gusto, and enjoyed in real life. Food in the novels not only creates character and comedy, but is also a means of highlighting social issues. Dickens characters are forever offering one another punch or seed biscuits; arranging a nice little supper of pickled salmon, salad and tea; showing concern with a roast fowl; or sisterly love with a painstakingly made beefsteak pudding. At home, Dickens' wife Catherine helped him entertain, and published (under a pseudonym) her own book, WhatShall We Have for Dinner? In Dinner with Dickens, Pen Vogler has fully updated recipes from contemporary Victorian cookbooks, including Catherine's own book. Clear instructions enable you to recreate mutton stuffed with oysters, Betsey Prig's Twopenny Salad, Dickens' own recipe for punch and the Dickens family's Twelfth Cake. In addition there are features on topics such as Dickens Abroad, Shopping for Food and Eating Out, with fascinating insights into housekeeping, entertaining and social history.
Pen Vogler is a food historian and author of Dinner with Mr Darcy and Tea with Jane Austen, both published by CICO Books. She writes and reviews on food history for the press, edited Penguin's Great Food series, and has recreated recipes from the past for BBC television.