This copiously illustrated book takes the lid off the real story of prison food.
Including the full text of an original prison cookery manual compiled at Parkhurst Prison in 1902, it examines the history of prison catering from the Middle Ages (when prisoners were expected to pay for their own board and lodging whilst inside) through the nefarious prisons of the Victorian age and on to the present day.
With sections on prison life, punishments, the food on board transportation vessels and floating prison hulks, and the work of reformers such as John Howard and Elizabeth Fry, who vastly improved the conditions of those who were put behind bars, this evocative and unique book shows the reader exactly what 'doing porridge' entailed.
PETER HIGGINBOTHAM, who lives in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, is the author of The Workhouse Cookbook. As well writing several other titles on the workhouse system, his website, http://www.workhouses.org.uk/, is one of the most respected historical sites in the UK, being named as educationguardian.co.uk and Family Tree Magazine's 'site of the day' and one of practicalfamilyhistory.co.uk's '100 most useful sites.'