meCooking The Books is a blog about the Historic Kitchens Interpretation based at Hampton Court Palace written and maintained by Richard Fitch, the Kitchens Interpretation Coordinator…and yes, I do usually look that grumpy, call it my signature look!

The Kitchens at Hampton Court have been home to live cookery demonstrations and events since Christmas 1991 when they saw a ‘one time only’ live interpretation designed to launch the newly re-presented static interpretation of the kitchens. Since then the cookery and associated interpretation has moved from being a once a year thing at Christmas through to a more regular series of events on the first weekend of each month, along with Christmas, Easter and Holiday weekends…as the saying goes, check the website for details. We’ve also expanded to interpret the kitchens at Kew Palace and the Chocolate Kitchen at Hampton Court, but as I am only involved in those parts of the work in a minor way they will only get mentions in passing I’m afraid.

It’s probably best to point out that this isn’t a food blog, I’m not a foodie and have surprisingly little interest in food itself which usually comes as a shock to most people. The interpretation work done in the Kitchens at Hampton Court and the job I do uses food as a means to look at history, not the other way around; the food is tool and a means to an end rather than the end itself and hopefully this blog will give a small insight into some of this work, that done in front of visitors as well as that done behind the scenes.

I used to blog about these things before….there’s a link in the sidebar to the old waffle, minus some of the images that I failed to ensure would be available in perpetuity,  feel free to have a look at some of the things we’ve done in the Kitchens in the past.

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