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Special Postbag Edition #1
Episode 815th October 2022 • The British Food History Podcast • Neil Buttery
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Welcome to the first postbag edition of ‘The British Food History Podcast’.

On this episode: memories of Glyn Hughes; listeners letters; Yorkshire puddings; and new book news.

Links to things mentioned on this episode:

‘The Foods of England’ website:

Glyn Hughes’s book ‘The Surprising History of Fish and Chips’:

Contain the Samaritans 116 123 or go to

Mind website:

Smack Barm Pea Wet video:

The ‘Peniarth Manuscript 513D’ manuscript via The National Library of Wales:

My post from the ‘Neil Cooks Grigson’ blog on Cawl (apologies for the terrible photo):

My ‘Savouries’ blog post which includes my recipe for Welsh Rarebit:

The New York Times article about Dutch Babies:

‘The Great Book of Yorkshire Pudding’ by Elaine Lemm is published by Great Northern Books:

Elaine’s YouTube video about making Yorkshire Puddings:

Podcast episodes referred to:

The Foods of England Project with Glyn Hughes

Lent Episode 6: Social Evolution and Lent

Cheddar and the Cheese Industry with Peter Atkins

Gingerbread with Sam Bilton

A Dark History of Sugar Parts 1 & 2

A Dark History of Chocolate with Emma Kay


Saffron with Sam Bilton


Pudding with Elaine Lemm


Neil’s book A Dark History of Sugar is available now from all bookshops as well as from the publisher Pen & Sword:

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