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The Cotter’s Saturday Night
circa 1885
Kodak Collection, Science and Society Picture Library, United Kingdom
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The history of cooking, drinking and eating in Europe is maybe the best theme for illustrating the fertile and impactful contacts that have existed between different regions, nations and continents. Various ingredients, recipes and utensils you likely have in your kitchen today have crossed borders in the hands of cooks, sailors and other travellers, evolving and influencing each other.