National Library of Scotland; Lifting the Lid Display and Talk
Learn about the history of food and drink in Scotland with 'Lifting the lid', a special display by The National Library of Scotland; the display celebrates Scotland's changing relationship with food and drink, and explores the myths and traditions associated with the Scottish diet.
Scotland has a rich and diverse natural larder with plentiful supplies of fish, game, cereals and fruit. Yet Scots were branded the 'sick man of Europe', and their diet condemned.
Before the industrial age, the rural poor were said to be 'remarkably healthy', with frugal but wholesome diet. For most, meat was an occasional luxury and desserts unknown. But those who could afford it consumed lots of meat and used much sugar, now considered damaging to health.
Colourful panels in 'Lifting the Lid' feature content from printed and manuscript items, including pages from recipe books, food advertisements quotations, illustrations and photographs.
The display will go on tour around Barrhead Foundry Library, Clarkston, Giffnock and Mearns Libraries and Eastwood Park Theatre. Dates will be announced shortly.
In the meantime, feast your eyes on some Scottish Food books.