A rapturous appreciation of pork crackling, a touching description of hungry London
chimney sweeps, a discussion of the strange pleasure of eating pineapple and a meditation on
the delights of Christmas feasting are just some of the subjects of these personal, playful
writings from early nineteenth-century essayist Charles Lamb.
joys of food and also our complicated social relationship with it, these essays are by turns
sensuous, mischievous, lyrical and self-mocking. Filled with a sense of hunger, they are
some of the most fascinating and nuanced works ever written about eating, drinking and
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writing from the last 400 years, and opens the door to the wonders of every kitchen.
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