was very different from present-day English fare in almost every single respect. For one thing, it would not be possible, in our modern safety-conscious world, for anyone to consume the sheer quantity of food and drink normally taken at a single Regency meal, except under close medical supervision. Indeed, when the BBC covered the Regency period in their Supersizers
series, one of the presenters, Sue Perkins
, temporarily swelled up to five times her normal size and was forced to confine herself to radio work for several weeks. Her co-presenter, Giles Coren
, fared little better, suffering a terminal unstressed syllable. (more...