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During the course of research into craft cider in Wales, I keep hearing the word ‘commercial’ used by the crafters. It is a common term used by craft cider makers operating at a range of scales, from garden cider makers to cider makers with successful ‘commercial’ businesses. ‘Commercial’ is typically used to differentiate between a […]
Flaounes were the start of Britain’s favourite baking competition, ‘Great British Bake Off’. The seven remaining contestants had to prepare ‘flaounes’ from scratch for this week’s technical challenge, using Paul Hollywood’s recipe. Paul, a flaounes enthusiast, picked up the recipe while living and working as a pastry chef in Cyprus. Mary Berry, on the other […]
My route into the history of alcohol in Mexico took me through pre-Columbian, colonial and nineteenth-century history, so for me, this area of research has always been synonymous with pulque, the alcoholic beverage that predominated throughout this long time period. But, whenever I introduce myself as a historian of alcohol in Mexico, the first word […]