The Haggis: A Little History

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Pelican Publishing, 1998 - Cooking - 59 pages
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The author, one of the "Two Fat Ladies" of television cookbook fame, handles the history of the haggis with aplomb in this little cookbook. Haggis, for the unititated, is a dish commonly made in a sheep's maw, of minced lungs, hearts, and liver of the same animal.

However, the haggis is much more than a mere meal.

The haggis, or some version of it, may be found in the histories of countries as varied as ancient Greece, Sweden, and the United States. Yet the haggis is most closely associated with Scotland and has come to represent that country just as pasta represents Italy.

Scotland may thank its beloved bard, Robert Burns, for this. Burns immortalized the dish in perhaps his best-known poem, "Address to the Haggis." In it, he refers to the haggis as the "Great Chieftan o' the Puddin'-race!"

How far the haggis had come!

Originally a meal of the lower classes who could not afford to waste any edible portion of their livestock, the haggis mysteriously transformed into a delicacy deemed worthy of royalty. Queen Victoria, an enthusiast for most all things Scottish, said of the haggis, "I find I like it very well."

Clans and Tartans, A Little Book of Scottish Baking, and A Life of Robert Burns are the other books in Pelican's Little Book series.

 

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First of all Ill start by saying I love Clarissa Dickson Wright. Her Hilarity with fellow companian Patricia on the Two Fat Ladies was enjoyable and truly missed.I did like the book althuogh the itty ... Read full review

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Contents

introduction
6
whats in the name
9
why haggis?
12
what from?
15
how old is haggis?
19
some haggis history
21
the haggis at war
28
pudding or sausage?
30
who makes it?
31
the trimmings
39
haggis throughout the world
43
some notable haggis enthusiasts
51
Robert Burns and the haggis
52
appendix
55
glossary
59
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Wright has bee a professional cook, writer, and frequent television and radio personality in the U.K.

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