Dr Madeline Shanahan in front of a colourful wall

New Food History Book

Dr Madeline Shanahan’s new book Christmas Food and Feasting, A History, is now available. Madeline is Manager, Public History and Research at GML.

The book explores the rich story of Christmas food and feasting, tracing the history of how the festive menu evolved and inherited elements of pagan ritual, medieval traditions, early modern innovations, Victorian romanticism, and contemporary commercialism.

The stories of dishes such as plum pudding, gingerbread and mince pies are explored, including historic recipe samples and images. Madeline shared some of the history behind why we eat this food on ABC TV and Radio last Christmas, prior to the publication of the book.

The book is published by Rowman and Littlefield, as part of the Meal Series, edited by Ken Albala. It can be purchased here.