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By Ian Crofton

Ever puzzled the place noodles got here from? How Worcester Sauce was once invented? or perhaps who the 'Cucumber King of Burma' was once? starting with the hippo soup eaten in Africa in 6000 BC, via to the harmful blowfish loved in modern Japan, A Curious background of foods and drinks finds the weird origins of the foods and drinks ate up all through historical past.

From the pheasant brains and flamingo tongues scoffed by means of the Roman emperor Vitellius, to the bizarre makes use of of liquorice (once a remedy for sore toes) - Ian Crofton uses unique resources - together with journals, cookbooks and manuals - to bare the weird, wonderful and informative tales at the back of the cuisine loved through our ancestors.

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