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Spuds, spam and eating for victory : rationing in the Second World War / Katherine Knight.

Author/Creator:
Knight, Katherine.
Publication:
Stroud, Gloucestershire : History Press, 2011.
Format/Description:
Book
240 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
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Subjects:
Food habits -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Rationing -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Food supply -- Great Britain.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Social aspects -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
World War (1939-1945).
Food habits.
Food supply.
Rationing.
Social aspects.
Social history.
Great Britain.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
The battle to keep the nation fed during the Second World War was waged by an army of workers on the land and the resourcefulness of the housewives on the Kitchen Front. The rationing of food, clothing, and other substances played a big part in making sure that everyone had a fair share of whatever was available. This book examines how experiences of rationing varied between rich and poor, town and country, and how ingenuous cooks often made a meal from poor ingredients. Charting the development of the rationing program throughout the war and afterwards, the author documents the use of substitutions for luxury ingredients not available, resulting in delicacies such as carrot jam and oatmeal sausages. The introduction of Spam from America in the forties led to this canned spiced pork and ham becoming an iconic symbol of the worst period of shortage in the twentieth century. Written seventy years after the outbreak of the Second World War, this book also listens to some of the people who were young during the conflict share their memories, both sad and funny, of what it was like to eat for Victory.
Contents:
Fairer shares
Food values and valuable foods
The housewife, her kitchen and what she was told
Dig for victory and vegetables
Country life
The wild harvest and preserving
Towns
The black market and grey areas
Let's have a party
Austerity and recovery
Representative recipes
Friends and memories.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 232-235) and index.
ISBN:
9780752459462
0752459465
OCLC:
682895080