With so much nutrition science evolving virtually every day, I am constantly disturbed by the fact that when it comes to what we put in our mouths, we have clearly lost our way. The work of the Weston A Price Foundation, dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet and the Paleo or hunter/gatherer way of eating which focuses on eating foods that were available to humans during the Paleolithic era, have highlighted the detrimental effects on health of a nutrient poor processed food diet which now dominates many societies including our own here in the UK.
Dorothy Hartley’s book Food in England has been in print for 58 years, a compendium of cooking from medieval times to the modern day. She lived on the Welsh-English border in a workman’s cottage studying the history of tradtional foods and cooking techniques as far back as the 14th century, not quite Paleo but her approach to nose-to-tail eating certainly is and her work is a fascinating insight into traditional ways of cooking in the UK.
Historian Lucy Worsley takes a look at the work and life of Dorothy Hartley in Food In England – The Lost World Of Dorothy Hartley