Monday, August 6, 2012
What happens when you combine a Londonphile and a history geek?
So today when I came home, I had a surprise from Amazon waiting for me. Called The Epicure's Almanack(Eating and Drinking in Regency London), it was first published in 1815 by Ralph Rylance as a "good food guide" to London eating establishments..sort of the Zagat guide of it's day. Unfortunately it never sold many copies and two years later, unsold copies were destroyed. But the British Library has republished it, completed with commentary about the eating and drinking habits of the era.
From what I've read so far, Mr Rylance's criteria was nearly the same as today, the quality of the fare and the class of gentleman who dine there. Amazingly a few of the taverns are still to be found in London today. recommended for any Anglophiles and/or lovers of history!
For further informationEpicure's Almanack