By Matthew Fort
It is almost impossible to overestimate the ignorance of the young. So they have no idea about the joys of lardy cake or Bath chap or dripping toast. Question them closely, and I dare say that a good many of them would have a hard time giving chapter and verse on the Long Parliament, the paintings of Samuel Palmer and the origins of the Wellington boot.
To say that people are ignorant of something is not the same as saying that it isn't important. The history of any country is written in its food. Ours is no different. Even a thoroughly modern dish such as chicken tikka masala, named as the nation's favourite dish a few years ago, is an epic on the history of immigration and the way in which one culture benefits another.