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Calf's Head and Coffee: The Golden Age of English Food

Stefan Gates discovers the cradle of contemporary English cuisine. The film argues that the current renaissance of British food has its origins in a golden age, some 300 years ago.

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1 hour

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Wed 2 Oct 2013 00:00

Calf's Head Surprise recipe

Calf's Head Surprise recipe
Check out the Calf's Head Surprise recipe used by Stefan in the programme from A New and Easy Method of Cookery by Elisabeth Cleland, published in 1755.

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Why are puddings an English thing?

Why are puddings an English thing?
Ivan Day gives us some background on the history of puddings.

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Food Glorious Food Season

Food Glorious Food Season

Calf's Head & Coffee: The Golden Age of English Food is part of the BBC Four Food Glorious Food Season, a collection of intriguing new programmes exploring Britain’s curious foodie history. Find out more about the other programmes in the season below…


The First Master Chef: Michel Roux on Escoffier: The French chef Michel Roux introduces the legacy of the first celebrity chef to make his mark on Britain - Georges Auguste Escoffier.


Nigel Slater: Life is Sweets: TV chef Nigel Slater looks at his passion for sweets and discovers their history as well as their power to evoke memories of childhood.


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Clarissa Dickson Wright uncovers the origins of our three daily meals.


Food in England: The Lost World of Dorothy Hartley: Dr Lucy Worsley retraces the life and work of the now largely forgotten writer, Dorothy Hartley and the origins of her seminal book 'Food in England'.


The Chef Who Conquered New York: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt: Storyville takes a look at the British celebrity chef who was the youngest to be awarded three stars by the New York Times.


Chateau Chunder: When Australian Wine Changed the World: The story of how a small group of enterprising Australian winemakers took on the world and won.


Role Contributor
PresenterStefan Gates
WriterStefan Gates
Executive ProducerRachel Boyd

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