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Back In Time For Dinner ❴Read❵ ➫ Back In Time For Dinner Author Mary Gwynn – Do you remember the arrival of the fish finger the rise and fall of Angel Delight Vesta curries and Wimpy hamburgers Did you own a fondue set or host a Tupperware party or were you starving yourself o Do you Time For ePUB ¹ remember the arrival of the fish finger the rise and fall of Angel Delight Vesta Back In Kindle - curries and Wimpy hamburgers Did you own a fondue set or host a Tupperware party or were you In Time For ePUB ☆ starving yourself on the Cabbage Soup Diet Was life always too short to stuff a mushroom And what was the point of Nouvelle Cuisine There has been a revolution in our kitchens In the average housewife worked a hour week No one owned a fridge or had seen a teabag let alone an avocado or a Curly Wurly years later sugar consumption had rocketed we ate biscuits for dinner than vegetables and fruit It was not until the mid s that we started to worry about five a day And now nearly years on from the first vegetable box delivery scheme we are fatter than ever before Has there ever been a golden age of the family meal Full of delicious detail this marvelous companion to the BBC series is rich with nostalgia and provides a feast of extraordinary factual nuggets Who can guess the filling of the first pre packed sandwich in And who could have foreseen then that a kitchen robot that can write your shopping list is now just around the corner Reflecting all the fads and fashions that have graced our table Back In Time For Dinner is much than a book about dinner; it holds a mirror to our changing family lives.

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  1. Sue Sue says:

    This book is a companion to the TV series in which a family cooks and eats in the style of each decade from the 1950s to the 1990s It isn’t about the show itself though but concentrates on the background research that went into planning the series I love social history and I’m interested in the part that food plays in our lives and how it is in turn influenced by our changing lifestylesI note that this book is out of print at the moment late 2018 which is a pity because I found it very interesting as demonstrated by my extensive notes below I wonder if this is because it is so clearly linked to an old reality TV series whereas it actually hardly mentions the show and stands alone as a social history book in its own rightThe author has a section for each decade and sets a review of the national diet in its social political and cultural context From post war rationing in the 50s to recession strapped years in the 90s her inescapable conclusion is that the second half of the 20th century was a slow descent from wholesome home cooked food to chemical laden pap with all the subseuent declines in health This is at least in part because of a loosening of control and advice from central government and whilst I don’t think anyone would want to go back to that it seems as though we are not very good at personal control eitherThe photos in the book include advertisements from each decade and she mentions slogans that the reader would recognise She also talks of the music of the period and things like car ownership TV channels programmes personal computers and the changes that they all made to our shopping and cooking habitsI found it a very nostalgic book to read I remember the adverts the foods I remember when green peppers were the height of sophistication and I still think if that now whenever I cook them the kitchens I had over the years and so on Great fun1950sMary Gwynn starts in the 1950s and explains that despite WWII having been over for five years food rationing was still in force in 1950 and was to last until the middle of that decade This meant that a whole generation of women grew up with almost no experience of how to cook with basic ingredients that we now take for granted such as meat eggs butter and sugar Also the government had provided central information during the war on how to cook within the ration using egg substitutes making meat pies without meat and so on but this lead to the loss of local recipes which had relied on local ingredients The Women's Institute tried to help by publishing many leaflets on basic cooking and regional cooking in the 50s Something else that stood out to me is that families spent about a third of their income on food during this period Of course kitchens were fairly basic at this time too A 'fitted kitchen' sometimes just consisted of a plumbed in sink and one or two cupboards Many homes didn’t even have a fridge never mind a dishwasher or freezer It’s interesting to note that 3 million homes were built in the ten years after the war This was partly due to the 400000 weddings in 1947 alone and the one million children born in the second half of the 1940s The increase in the number of households was dramatic In 1950 50% of families lived in privately rented homes 20% in council houses and only 30% were owner occupiers At this time 70% of men came home for lunch but that changed during the decade The spread of school dinners also affected patterns of eating and cooking as many members of the family were eating their main meals away from home Women had been encouraged to leave their war jobs freeing them up for returning men to take back and to focus instead on providing a welcoming and comfortable home for their families The economic boom in the mid 50s opened up new opportunities for women though due to a labour shortage Hire Purchase became easier to obtain and the acuisition of gadgets began in earnest Unfortunately this was also when obsolescence began to be built in to designs whereas in previous decades products were robust and durable The electricity and gas boards employed women to demonstrate their cookers and it was during this period that Mary Berry Fanny Craddock and Marguerite Patten became very well known My first cookery book was by Marguerite Patten; I still have it today and it’s as good if not better than those being published now Elizabeth David was another popular cook and she apparently advised her readers to obtain olive oil from the chemist where it was stocked for medicinal purposesFood rationing had been reuired because the UK had been producing only a small proportion of its own food before the war and relying on vast uantities of imports to feed its people These imports were disrupted during the war In the 40s and 50s the government concentrated on creating a second industrial revolution encouraging farmers to be efficient Sadly this has partly been responsible for the increase in convenience foods which has had such a disastrous effect on the nation’s health I wonder if it was worth it? It is often said and the theory is endorsed in this book that we had a healthier diet during rationing than we’ve had ever since despite its unpopularity at the time Another memory triggered by this section was of the Wimpy restaurant launched in 1953 This was 'fast food' and focused on burgers and ice cream I remember eating out in a Wimpy with a friend in the 70s and feeling very sophisticated 🙂1960sThe author suggests that the legendary permissive society and the ‘swinging sixties’ was probably centred on the ‘arty types’ in London and a few other major towns For most people the decade was ‘ of the same’ although enlivened with novelty colour and style than before Scandinavian style was popular and what we would recognise as fitted kitchens became common Slum clearance and a boom in DIY resulted in fresh new designs being introduced across both council and private homes Dining rooms were still common although families often had some meals in the kitchenBreakfast cereals became popular once milk was no longer rationed Many of these were loaded with sugar but it was seen as a source of energy rather than tooth decay Bread became cheaper and uicker to produce using hugely industrialised processes but this was white bread with much of the nutrition stripped out Motorway service stations and other fast food outlets became common as people had money to spend on travel and eating out as did restaurants based on Chinese Indian and other international cuisines Local shops gave way to retail chains who expected customers to serve themselves from pre packaged foods My husband still remembers his mother buying butter that was shaped into a pat and wrapped for her and loose sugar and tea The author mentions Vesta curries dehydrated Heinz ravioli tinned Arctic Roll frozen and Angel Delight “a chemical laden powder in banana caramel and chocolate flavour whisked up into a synthetic mousse with added cold milk all of which I recall from my own childhood One thing I hadn’t realised was that chicken had been a luxury in the 50s In the 60s the price of chicken dropped significantly although only due to the introduction of battery farming methods and chicken became the everyday staple we still know it as today Frozen ‘TV dinners’ were designed to look like in flight meals and traded on people’s aspiration for the foreign travel which was becoming affordableThe consumption of sugar skyrocketed and snack foods such as crisps became commonplace I remember when crisps just came plain but each bag contained a very exotic ; little twist of blue paper containing salt which you could sprinkle over them if you wished But during the 60s new flavours were introduced such as salt and vinegar or cheese and onion Women were spending 55 hours a week on domestic chores and cooking sometimes in addition to working outside the home Student numbers doubled and single people could afford to live away from home before marriage resulting in a demand for bed sits we would call them studio flats today and compact single person cooking euipment 1970sAh the good old 70s economic decline inflation trade union disputes power cuts the 3 day week and punk rock Oh and everything was orange and brown Mary Gwynn points out that for those in work living standards rose and parents had time to spend with their children However it surprised me to learn that in 1976 only 8 out of 10 households had a fridge and only two thirds had a washing machine The increase in intensive farming processed foods additives and pollution led to the beginnings of a counter culture with a growing concern for the environment and a move towards whole foods and vegetarianism On TV “The Good Life” was hugely popular with Tom and Barbara Good digging up their suburban garden to grow veg and raise pigs The author suggests that the burgeoning women’s movement resulted only in women trying to juggle a responsible job as well as her domestic responsibilities while her husband was in the pub I’m not sure that’s uite fair actually Talking of pubs they started selling food in the form of offerings such as chicken in a basket I clearly remember that ploughman’s lunches basically a deconstructed cheese and salad sandwich and carveries Most people still made tea with loose tea although the progressives had moved to teabags and tea was five times popular than coffeeIn this decade came the beginnings of the now discredited ‘fat is bad’ movement But the real problem less well recognised at the time was the huge increase in sugar consumption All sort of diets came and went Nimble brought out a bread for slimmers It just had bigger air bubbles really but a hugely catchy song “She flies through the sky like a bird in the air” Food science was booming and a new profession arose the flavourist an expert in creating additives to boost the flavour of highly processed foods One of its great successes? The Pot Noodle with 4g of salt and ten E numbers Heston Blumenthal described the 70s as ‘the decade that good food forgot” On the plus side Delia Smith published her ‘Complete Cookery Course’ in 1976 another book I still have todayWine became popular as people experienced it on their holidays in Europe with brands such as Blue Nun and Mateus Rose selling in large uantities for people to consume at home Home brewed wine was also common I remember my neighbour’s potato wine which was lethal Nibbles with friends might include the infamous cheese and pineapple hedgehog and dinners often began with Prawn Cocktail and ended with Black Forest Gateau1980sThe microwave Large out of town supermarkets A combination made in heaven Or hell depending on your point of view With the increase in divorces and women working longer hours it certainly became a popular combination A rise in the cost of school meals meant that many families gave their children a packed lunch using ever convenience foods Works canteens became rare and pre packaged sandwiches widespread The introduction of video cassette recorders and home computers meant that many families ate in front of a screen Well thank goodness nobody does that any ; Pizza Hut opened in 1982 and chains such as McDonalds and KFC soared in popularity Breakfast TV began in 1983 with Diane Moran the Green Goddess and Russell Grant doing horoscopes Actually the appearance of the Green Goddess encouraging us all to move was part of a movement towards an awareness of health issues relating to diet and exercise The sale of table sugar halved but overall consumption of sugar soared because of the heavy used of processed foods Compared to the war years there was little control from the government over what people ate They were left to make their own decisions Women’s average hip size was now 2” greater than in the 1960s Yuppies Young Upwardly mobile Professionals carried Filofaxes and giant mobile phones the size of a brick Conspicuous consumption was a key element of this decade and Nouvelle Cuisine demonstrated the ultimate in beautiful food despite that fact that you had to have another meal later to actually fill yourself up I remember eating at a restaurant where each plate arrived covered in a large silver dome Waiters appeared from all corners of the restaurant to stand behind each guest and lift off the domes like synchronised swimmers to reveal the foodart work below The whole concept became a laughing point fairly uickly in our house Wine bars became a popular alternative to the pub and on TV Jilly Golden and Oz Clarke advised us on how to appreciate good wineFood could be transported from all over the world and we continued to divorce ourselves from the idea of using seasonal fruit and vegetables Bagged salads were introduced another time saver1990sThe longest and deepest recession since the war a property price crash negative euity and 75000 repossessions in 1991 alone 1200 businesses a week were going under The sale of raw ingredients continued to fall and processed foods were still on the rise We ate out less and manufacturers brought out and choice in pre prepared meals Advertisers appealed to the busy ‘cash rich time poor” customers but in reality working hours were going down in this decade People had time to cook they just chose not to do so On TV ‘Changing Rooms’ and 'Ground Force’ showed how we could DIY a makeover of our home and garden on a shoe string budget The kitchen was now truly a family room often with the computer and a second TV Ikea boomed during the 90s and we all learned how much fun flat pack could be ? Bottled water became very popular yet ironically at the same time came a concern about the amount of plastic used in all the packaged foods and drinks The Sunday Trading Act allowed shops to open on a Sunday The BSE crisis led to about 4 million cattle being destroyed and people became increasingly concerned about food safety Farmers markets organic foods and veg box scenes grew in popularityStarbucks Costa and Cafe Nero introduced sofa style coffee shops although their high calorie speciality coffees together with muffins and cakes didn’t help with the growing obesity crisisWe watched competitive cooking on ‘Masterchef’ and ‘Ready Steady Cook’ With home economics no longer in the National Curriculum a second generation was now growing up with very little knowledge of how to cook from scratch Unlike the 1950s there was little support from the government on what to eat or how to prepare it There was no Good Housekeeping Institute or Women’s Institute to provide informationThe last section of the book is a discussion of where we go from here given that the world population is outstripping its ability to produce enough food for our current meat laden diet She includes the possibilities of growing meat in a laboratory and eating crickets

  2. Luana Luana says:

    It got a little chewy and monotonous in places but for the most part this was an informative and interesting read

  3. Jonathan Farley Jonathan Farley says:

    A fantastic book It brought back so many memories of long forgotten foods and brands Not only was I amazed at what I suddenly remembered eating but also what was around at different periods which I had a lucky escape from and had never eaten Not only is it a great trip down memory lane but it is a really good analyses of what might be to come Maybe it is the cynic in me though but when I put the book down I kept on thinking Soylent Green is People Soylent Green is People

  4. Chris Turner Chris Turner says:

    An interesting book that really captures how eating has changed to reflect the changes in society For someone who has not lived through all these changes it is fascinating to hear of the progression that has occurred and of how history is releasing itself The style is engaging and this is well worth reading

  5. Shatterlings Shatterlings says:

    I enjoyed this there's nothing new here but it's a good history of dinner what we eat and how we eat I read this as my micro history for the read harder challenge

  6. Kathryn Moody Kathryn Moody says:

    Fascinating social and culinary history loved the TV series loved the book The story of my life

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