Policy Press

Everyday Eating

Food, Taste and Trends in Britain since the 1950s

By Alan Warde

Published

May 28, 2024

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1529224139

Dimensions

216 x 240 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

May 28, 2024

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1529224122

Dimensions

216 x 240 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

May 28, 2024

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1529224146

Dimensions

216 x 240 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Everyday Eating

How have eating habits changed in recent decades? What does it mean to eat well?

This fascinating book examines continuity and change in food consumption and eating patterns since the 1950s. The culinary landscape of Britain is explored through discussion of commodification, globalisation and diversification enabling an understanding of both developing trends and enduring habits.

The author’s research undertaken over 40 years offers fresh insights into such practices as everyday meals, shopping, cooking and dining out and how these are shaped by demographic, social and cultural processes. The book provides a comprehensive and engaging analysis of eating in Britain today and of the many controversies about how this has changed.

“An authoritative and engaging account, written by Britain’s pre-eminent food sociologist, emphasising the pleasures of eating as well as current anxieties about food. Strongly evidenced, the book includes personal reflections and telling examples from the author’s own experience.” Peter Jackson, University of Sheffield

“A fascinating book on food, meals and taste which is bound to become a classic in this field.” Christel Lane, University of Cambridge

“In this magnificent book, Warde justifies a social scientific approach to provisioning and food consumption, supported by reams of data… an essential teaching tool for courses on food consumption.” Krishnendu Ray, NYU Steinhardt

“A unique revelatory analysis that disrupts common assumptions and identifies continuities and changes in the ‘what, when and why’ of British everyday eating in the post-war era”

Julia Brannen, Professor Emerita, UCL

1. Changing Eating Habits

2. Meals: Occasions and Arrangements

3. Acquisition: Access to Diversity

4. Tasting: Embracing Foreign Flavours

5. Meal Preparation

6. Eating in Style

7. Anxious Pleasures: Eating and Happiness

8. An Unfinished Revolution?