Pie Fidelity: In Defence of British Food

A journey through British food, from the acclaimed author of The Apple Orchard.

In Britain, we have always had an awkward relationship with food. We’ve been told for so long that we are terrible cooks and yet when someone with a clipboard asks us what the best things are about being British, our traditional food and drink are more important than the monarchy and at least as significant as our landscape and national monuments in defining a collective notion of who we are.

Taking nine archetypically British dishes – Pie and Peas, A Cheese Sandwich, Fish and Chips, Spag Bol, Devonshire Cream Tea, Curry, The Full English, The Sunday Roast and a Crumble with Custard – and enjoying them in their most typical settings, Pete Brown examines just how fundamental food is to our sense of identity, perhaps even our sense of pride, and the ways in which we understand our place in the world.

Imprint: Particular Books
Published: 04/04/2019
ISBN: 9781846149597
Length: 352 Pages
RRP: £16.99

The Beer and Cider Marketing Awards

Pete is one of the founders and chair of judges of the Beer and Cider Marketing Awards, which seek to reward the best in marketing practice of brewers and cider makers of any scale, in any medium. This is the only awards scheme of its type, as relevant to small craft brewers as it is to global giants. The quality of the beer itself is the most important thing, but with 2000 brewers now in the UK, if you’re making good beer, how do you spread the word about it? We’re looking for the best answers to that question. Details of 2019 awards to be announced soon. Find out more here.

Original Gravity Magazine

Pete is Editor-at-Large of Original Gravity% magazine, founded in 2014 by Daniel Nielsen, and edited by Adrian Tierney-Jones. This free magazine is distributed in pubs, bars, tap rooms and bottle shops across the UK, and seeks to showcase the very best in writing about beer from around the world. Think of it as your slightly-more knowledgeable-than-you beery mate. Read the latest issue, sign up for a subscription, buy exclusive cover artwork or just read the latest stories from the team, all right here.

LATEST BLOG POST: What bacon rolls tell us about the decline of civilization

It’s seven weeks until the launch of my new book. Pie Fidelity sees me branching out from beer and cider writing into food and drink more broadly, so I’ll be blogging more about food as I promote the book, and probably after that too. Here are 1500 words that got cut from my chapter on breakfast, not because they were no good, but because I had way too many breakfasts in the book and my primary readers were starting to feel stuffed and greasy just reading it.

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About Pete Brown

Pete Brown is a British author, journalist, broadcaster and consultant specialising in food and drink, especially the fun parts like beer and cider. His broad, fresh approach takes in social history, cultural commentary, travel writing, personal discovery and natural history, and his words are always delivered with the warmth and wit you’d expect from a great night down the pub. He writes for newspapers and magazines around the world and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme. He was named British Beer Writer of the Year in 2009, 2012 and 2016, and Fortnum and Mason Online Drinks Writer of the Year in 2015.

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