Food And Cooking In The Georgian Era
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About this course

Have you ever wondered what Mr Darcy ate for breakfast or what George III served at a Regency banquet? This course will take you on a culinary journey of discovery spanning the years 1714-1830. This was an era of sumptuous display and abject poverty, of manners and morals and unhappy marriages, of masters and servants and corsets and courting. Discover the rich world of Eighteenth Century and Regency society and the food that fuelled the era. Decipher handwritten period recipes, taste the food, try out the cooking techniques and discover what the saying ‘you are what you eat’ really meant for the Georgians.

What will I learn?

On completion, you will:

  • Have a good background understanding of the social history of the period
  • Have gained knowledge of historical research techniques
  • Be able to interpret period recipes
  • Understand the food and cooking of the era
  • Have experienced the tastes of the era
  • Be able to recreate recipes at home

The following topics will be covered during the course:

  • Georgian social history
  • The food and cooking of the middle and upper classes and how this contrasted with the poor
  • Georgian meals and manners
  • Food in the novels of Jane Austen
  • Researching historical recipes
  • Adapting historical recipes for the modern kitchen
Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements associated with this course.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor.

Additional costs and information

There are no additional course costs.

What could I do next?

You can enrol on any other courses offered in the leisure programme, full details of which can be found in the College's directory of Part Time Courses.