About Sam Bilton

I blame Great Aunt Eliza…

Many years ago my Nan gave me her dog eared copy of Mrs Beeton’s Cookery Book. Tucked inside its battered cover I found a collection of hand written recipes dating from around 1871 collated by her Great Aunt Eliza. There’s nothing especially original about the recipes Eliza Andersen recorded. But they clearly meant something to her and to my Nan who inherited the collection from her own grandmother. It’s rather satisfying to learn you come from a long line of cooking enthusiasts.

This little book would spark an interest in historical food which began as a hobby but has spilled over into my professional life. A Masters in Culinary Arts cemented my path towards becoming a food historian, writer and cook. Whether it’s fine dining at the court of Richard II or the more down to earth cookery of a Victorian middle class household, historical food provides endless inspiration for my work as a writer, cook and presenter.

So yes, I have a lot to thank Great Aunt Eliza for. She has certainly opened my eyes to the edible delights of yesteryear and my aim is to do the same for you.

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