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- DescriptionPeople think of tripe as just ather dreary post-war substitute for real food, one of the worst aspects of food rationing. But it has a long and glorious history as a staple of working-class diet in the industrial towns of Lancashire and rthern England. It was never a new invention of the Industrial Revolution, but its cheapness and nutritional value gave it a new significance among cotton workers and other factory hands. All through Lancashire there arose large numbers of tripe dressers (often back-room businesses) and tripe restaurants (often of surprising ornateness and magnificence). All this disappeared with our growing affluence in the sixties and seventies and tripe is (almost) w restricted to chefs exploring the byways of butchery and to people with long memories. Of course, it was never specifically English: lots of other cultures embraced tripe cookery and made classics of the dish - t least the French (Tripes a la mode de Caen) and the Turkish market workers who still rejoice in tripe soup of a morning. Marjory Houlihan's charming and instructive book tells the story of tripe in Lancashire as well as giving recipes from around the world. It was first published in Bolton in 1988 but this is the first time it has been given national distribution. So that a fuller picture is available, we have also printed Roy Shipperbottom's essay on the tripe restaurants of Lancashire and Lynda Brown's essay on the cooking of cow's udder (elder) in the rth country. We forget the richness of England's food history and food culture and this book, with others in 'The English Kitchen' series, goes some way to redress the balance.
- Author BiographyThis brief yet elegantly designed book reprints Houlihan s 1988 history of the Lancashire tripe trade, together with Roy Shipperbottom s essay on the Decline of Tripe and a 1987 piece by Lynda Brown on Elder: A Good Udder to Dinner (the quote is from Pepys). Houlihan was inspired by a conversation with a neighbour: When I were a girl, mi mother kept a trip shop up Halliwell, an that s summat y never see these days.
- Author(s)Marjorie Houlihan
- PublisherProspect Books
- Date of Publication31/10/2011
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleThe English Kitchen
- Place of PublicationBlackawton
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintProspect Books
- Content Note20 black and white illustrations
- Weight227 g
- Width137 mm
- Height187 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsWith flaps
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