Workshop: Scoff: A History of Food and Class in Britain with Pen Vogler

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 6pm


Time: 6pm
Price: Free. Open to Guild members only.

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Avocado or beans on toast? Nut roast or game pie? Pen Vogler reveals the fascinating history of British eating habits, and how they are loaded with centuries of aspiration and prejudice. Do you have tea, dinner or supper in the evening? What do fish knives and the origin of breakfast have to do with social class in Great Britain? 

As a nation, we have become experts at using eating habits to make judgements about social background. Pen brings together evidence from cookbooks, literature, artworks and social records from 1066 to the present, to trace the changing fortunes of the food we encounter today, and unpick the aspirations and prejudices of the people who have shaped our cuisine for better or worse.


Pen Vogler’s latest book is Scoff: A History of Food and Class in Britain. She is also the author of books about food in the life and works of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. She guest-curated the exhibition, Food Glorious Food, at the Charles Dickens Museum; and edited Penguin’s Great Food series.  

All of the Guild's current sessions are taking place through Zoom. Please email Guild administrator Jonathan Woods to register and Jonathan will then send you details of how to access the events on Zoom. 


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