London Feeds Itself

I have been enjoying the essays in London Feeds Itself, the book produced to coincide with this year’s Open House. In some ways the best of the essays – because it provides an overview to the volume as a whole – is the Introduction by Jonathan Nunn, reproduced below. The book is a sociology of eating in London, concentrating on the huge variety of places to eat outside the centre, including the history of the Chinese restaurants of Limehouse and a lot about the ecology of Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi restaurants in Whitechapel, including Lahore One off the Commercial Road, Dhaka Biryani and Kolapata in the Mile End Road (they don’t give addresses) and, to my surprise, the culture of the PFCs, the chicken shops (Perfect Fried Chicken) which line the Mile End Road.


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