Charlie Taverner (Trinity College Dublin)
Before street food: Hawkers and London’s food chain, c. 1600–1900
As London grew from a medieval city to sprawling metropolis, street sellers played a vital role in keeping inhabitants fed. This short paper discusses the foods hawkers sold – fish, fruit, greens, and milk, as well as on-the-go snacks like pies, oysters and ice cream — and their importance to Londoners’ diets. Before the transformative impact of steam ships and railways, the capital had a distinctive and dynamic food supply.
Kelly A. Spring (George Mason University)
British Servicemen, Food Rationing and the Second World War
British servicemen made important food contributions to the home front during the Second World War, but it is women's cookery roles that have garnered the bulk of historical research. This paper addresses this gap in the research by illuminating the types of food the servicemen furnished to family, friends and neighbours and exploring how their actions extended the interconnectivity of the military and home front. The article will argue that men’s work with food served to reinforce and even enhance people’s estimation of the servicemen's masculinity through their food activities in wartime.
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