Cold Meat and How to Disguise It: A History of Advice on How to Survive Hard Times

Hunter Davies

Cold Meat and How to Disguise It: A History of Advice on How to Survive Hard Times

Credit has been crunched, banks hammered, the economy battered, prices up, hopes down. All classes are being urged to economise, make do and mend, spin things out, avoid waste, blah blah. It has been ever thus. In times of War, General Strikes as well as Economic Disasters, Governments as well as agony aunts, do-gooders, magazines, books and manufacturers have always exhorted us to tighten the old belts. Hunter Davies looks back at a hundred years of such exhortations - in words, leaflets, illustrations and posters- as they were applied to Food, Children, Health, Clothing, the Home, Money and Savings. Some of the hints and advice are mystifying today. Many are amusing. Most are informative. All are part of social history, and some could prove very handy in today s economic climate. But quite a lot of these old tips and hints are still useful today as the same sorts of problems present themselves. After all, you might want to turn some cold scraps of meat into a succulent new dish or knit some old bits of string together in order to make a jolly useful dishcloth... 3.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
Cold Meat and How to Disguise It: A History of Advice on How to Survive Hard Times

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Home & Garden, Food & Drink
Format Hardback
Pages 160
RRP £9.99
Date of Publication April 2009
ISBN 978-0711230514
Publisher Frances Lincoln
 

Credit has been crunched, banks hammered, the economy battered, prices up, hopes down. All classes are being urged to economise, make do and mend, spin things out, avoid waste, blah blah. It has been ever thus. In times of War, General Strikes as well as Economic Disasters, Governments as well as agony aunts, do-gooders, magazines, books and manufacturers have always exhorted us to tighten the old belts. Hunter Davies looks back at a hundred years of such exhortations - in words, leaflets, illustrations and posters- as they were applied to Food, Children, Health, Clothing, the Home, Money and Savings. Some of the hints and advice are mystifying today. Many are amusing. Most are informative. All are part of social history, and some could prove very handy in today s economic climate. But quite a lot of these old tips and hints are still useful today as the same sorts of problems present themselves. After all, you might want to turn some cold scraps of meat into a succulent new dish or knit some old bits of string together in order to make a jolly useful dishcloth...

Reviews

The Observer

Carole Cadwalladr

Of the wave of thrift books being published this spring, quite the most useless, but also most enjoyable, is 'Cold Meat and How to Disguise It'... he's not one to go out of his way with unnecessary research: if it's not on his bookshelves, it's not here. At one point, he calls the book "social history", which it is, but as dispensed by a kindly old uncle. Because it's Davies who is the star of the book...

26/04/2009

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The Guardian

Steven Poole

This column is not above providing thrifty recession tips, and here's this week's: don't spend unnecessary money on books full of thrifty recession tips. Davies's entry in this generic market bubble takes a historical view, surveying belt-tightening advice from the past century or so. It seems rather hastily written, but is generous in its reproductions...

23/05/2009

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