Food, Society, and Culture in Britain: From Traditional Tastes to Contemporary Concerns

Bangers and mash?  Bubble and squeak? What is British cuisine and how has it changed from wartime to the present?  Have negative stereotypes of British cuisine been replaced by a new food culture of focused on celebrity chefs, ethical choices and a new-found ‘best of British’ pride?  Or, do fast-rising rates of obesity, childhood diabetes and dependency on supermarkets and ready meals tell a different story?

Using a multi-disciplinary approach, this course examines the critical issues in food today and the interconnectedness of food, culture, and society in modern Britain.  The rich and multicultural heritage of London provides a multitude of opportunities to explore the issues herein and use our senses to taste, smell and see the food cultures of this dynamic city.

 

EXAMPLE CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (2-4 PER COURSE)

  • Regional food tasting
  • Imperial War Museum - Ministry of Food Exhibit
  • Guided and self-guided tours of London outdoor markets, food halls and supermarkets
  • Indian cuisine tour and tasting

*Please note: A lab fee of £90 (covers tastings and samples of relevant food and drink) is required for this course 

 

Students registered for this course may also be interested in booking a place on our Food and Drink in the Garden of England weekend day trip. Learn more and sign up on our London Activities page. 

 

COURSE OUTLINE

Food, Society, and Culture in Britain