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Fool’s Gold: A History of British Saffron

20 September 2022, 6.00pm

'Fools Gold' book cover
'Fools Gold' book cover
'Fools Gold' book cover
20 September 2022, 6.00pm

Fool’s Gold: A History of British Saffron

Join food historian Sam Bilton for a talk and tasting focused on her latest book, Fool’s Gold: A History of British Saffron.
 £25.00 (Concessions: £15.00)

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The event

Saffron ‘is a herb of the Sun’ (Nicholas Culpeper, 1653) and has delighted us with its golden hues throughout the ages.

In English kitchens, it was particularly popular during the early modern era, finding its way into almond milk sauces, gilding roasted fowls and adding a yellow glow to fruit-laden buns still popular today in Cornwall.

Sam will give a brief introduction to the historical culinary uses of this spice, providing a few tasters along with way.

The speaker

Food historian, writer and cook Sam Bilton has been intrigued by spices most of her life.

Her first book, on the history of gingerbread, won a World Gourmand Cookbook award in 2021 and she is a frequent contributor to national magazines, food festivals, television and radio.

Sam Bilton

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20 September 2022
6.00pm - 7.30pm
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Chelsea Physic Garden (Gallery)
66 Royal Hospital Road
London, SW3 4HS United Kingdom