Living to eat—and surviving to tell the tale

The Edwardian Era from 1901 to 1910 is said to be the Golden Age of cricket, motoring, amateurism, one-piece swimsuits for chaps—and eating. Unlike his famous mother, Queen Victoria, Edward VII loved French food and loved eating out.

So, when the BBC was looking for someone to send back to that very era—to live, dress, exercise, eat and drink like an Edwardian man of means—to find out what it did to his girth, his arteries, his inner organs, his digestion, his mood, his very sou, Giles Coren, the food critic of The Times, London, jumped.

Day One

Breakfast: Porridge, sardines, curried eggs, grilled cutlets, coffee, hot chocolate, bread, butter, honey.

Lunch: Sauté of kidneys on toast, mashed potatoes, macaroni au gratin, rolled ox tongue.

Afternoon tea: Fruit cake, Madeira cake, hot potato cakes, coconut rocks, bread, toast, butter.

Dinner: Oyster patties, sirloin steak, braised celery, roast goose, potato scallops, vanilla soufflé.

Coren continued to eat and drink like an Edwardian gent for the next five days—and lived to tell the tale.

Read the full article here: Appetite for excess

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