This book presents a revealing account of the everyday lives of South Pennine working people from 1800 to around 1918, as experienced through their food and drink. Details are included of both poverty and prosperity, social gatherings and local customs as recalled by past generations. In addition, there are over 170 recipes for local dishes for those who wish to recreate the authentic tastes of the South Pennines.

Peter Brears is a museum and historic house consultant, and one of this country’s leading food historians. His continuing interest in Calderdale and Haworth began when he was curator of Shibden Hall in the late 1960s.