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The Epicure's Almanack: Eating and Drinking in Regency London: The Original 1815 Guidebook


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With websites like Yelp and television networks dedicated exclusively to food, todayandrsquo;s foodie need not look far for advice on what and where to eat next. But before Zagat and the Michelin star, there was Ralph Rylance (1782andndash;1834) and The Epicureandrsquo;s Almanack, or Guide to Good Living, his listing of more than 650 eating establishments, taverns, inns, and hotels in and around London in the early nineteenth century. Working single-handedly and on foot, Rylance investigated and reported on a broad range of restaurants, from haughty chophouses and suburban tea gardens to humble tripe shops and dockyard taverns, as well as Londonandrsquo;s first Indian restaurant. He also gives an account of Londonandrsquo;s markets, featuring an inventory of merchants selling everything from anchovy sauce to kitchen stoves.
Published in 1815, The Epicureandrsquo;s Almanack was never updated or reprinted and was never truly emulated until 1968, when the Good Food Guide to London was first issued. Reproduced here with an introduction by Janet Ing Freeman, and accompanied by extensive notes, indexes, and many details from a contemporary map of London, this extraordinary edition vividly brings back to life the tastes, smells, and culture of Regency England and is a must-read for lovers of London and food alike.

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Janet Ing Freeman, formerly Scheide Librarian at Princeton University Library, is an honorary visiting professor at University College London.

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Editor's Preface

and#160;and#160;and#160; A note on the text

and#160;and#160;and#160; Acknowledgements


and#160;and#160;and#160; The Epicure's Almanack and its Author

and#160;and#160;and#160; In and Around London

and#160;and#160;and#160; Where to Eat, When, and with Whom

and#160;and#160;and#160; Eating, Drinking, Cooking, and Marketing

The Epicure's Almanack


and#160;and#160;and#160; Glossary

and#160;and#160;and#160; Survivors

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Rylance, Ralph
British Library
Freeman, Janet Ing
World History-England General
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