Food and Farming in Prehistoric Britain

Author(s): Paul Elliott 

ISBN: 9781781555088
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The lost cooking techniques of Stone Age and Iron Age Britain are brought vividly back to life: ideal for the historian and cook.

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  • Tells the amazing story of British prehistory in stunning detail

  • Reconstructions of cookery techniques with illustrations

  • Recipes from the Mesolithic period through to the Iron Age

  • Everyday life in the roundhouse explained

From spit-roasting pig to hanging cream cheese from rafters, from roasting pork underground in pits to cooking trout on wicker frames over an open fire, cooking techniques in prehistoric Britain are ingenious and revealing. There were no ovens and many vegetables and breeds of animal familiar to us today had not yet arrived. In reconstructing some of these techniques and recipes, author Paul Elliott has discovered a new world with a completely different approach to food. This is native cuisine, cooked in a manner that persisted through the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages.

Food and Farming in Prehistoric Britain tells the story of prehistoric settlement and explores the hunting and foraging techniques of the Mesolithic. After discussing the way in which the Britons farmed and what they grew, the book moves into the roundhouse and the tools and utensils available. The final half of the book examines the varied techniques used from covering fish in clay to baking meat underground, spit-roasting, brewing mead, boiling water with hot stones and so on.

BOOK ISBN 9781781555088
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 176 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 32 colour and 59 black-and-white illustrations



Paul Elliott has a degree in ancient history and archaeology and writes books on military history. Previous titles include The Last Legionary, Warrior Cults and Vietnam: Conflict & Controversy. He has also written articles on Roman military history for Ancient Warfare magazine. Paul has been involved in historical reconstruction for the past decade, in particular he has experimented with bronze casting, flint knapping, slinging and the fabrication of Roman shield types. He lives in East Yorkshire with his wife, Christine and son, John.