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Lent episode 2: The History of Lent
Episode 210th July 2021 • The British Food History Podcast • Neil Buttery
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Originally released 1 Mar 2020

*Best listened to on the first Sunday of Lent*

This episode explores Ember Week, a nod to the coming of Spring always observed in the first full week of Lent. We see how folk in medieval Britain believed mood and health were controlled by the seasons. We also look at the history and rules of Lent. Neil visits Manchester’s beautiful John Ryland’s Library to view England’s oldest cookbook and attempts to cook from it ‘a tart for Ember Day’ for friends.

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Written and presented by Dr Neil Buttery

Produced by Beena Khetani

Made in Manchester by Sonder Radio

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