Kate Colquhoun is the author THE THRIFTY COOKBOOK, TASTE: The Story of Britain Through it's Cooking and also of A THING IN DISGUISE: The Visionary Life of Joseph Paxton, which was shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize 2004 and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2003. Her most recent book, DID SHE KILL HIM? was shortlisted for Crime Writers Association Dagger Award for Non-Fiction 2014. She reviews regularly for the Daily Telegraph and contributes to a wide range of other publications. As a food historian and campaigner against food waste she appears regularly on national radio and television. She lives in London.
In the summer of 1889, young Southern belle Florence Maybrick stood trial for the alleged arsenic poisoning of her much older husband, Liverpool cotton merchant James Maybrick.
'The Maybrick Mystery' had all the makings of a sensation: a pretty, flirtatious young girl; resentful, gossiping servants; rumours of gambling and debt; and torrid mutual infidelity. The case cracked the varnish of Victorian respectability, shocking and exciting the public in equal measure as they clambered to read the latest revelations of Florence's past and glimpse her likeness in Madame Tussaud's.
Florence's fate was fiercely debated in the courtroom, on the front pages of the newspapers and in parlours and backyards across the country. Did she poison her husband? Was her previous infidelity proof of murderous intentions? Was James' own habit of self-medicating to blame for his demise?
Historian Kate Colquhoun recounts an utterly absorbing tale of addiction, deception and adultery that keeps you asking to the very last page, did she kill him?
476 ways to eat well with leftovers. This book is not about buying fresh, organic, sustainable, free-range ingredients. It’s about the bit that comes afterwards, the bit about eating it all up
In July 1864, Thomas Briggs was travelling home after visiting his niece and her husband for dinner. He entered a First Class carriage on the 9.45pm Hackney service of the North London railway. At Hackney, two bank clerks entered the carriage and discovered blood in the seat cushions; also on the floor, windows and sides of the carriage. A bloodstained hat was found on the seat along with a broken link from a watch chain.
The race to identify the killer and catch him as he flees on a boat to America was eagerly followed by citizens both sides of the Atlantic. Kate Colquhoun tells a gripping tale of a crime that shocked the nation.
The story of Britain through its cooking. TASTE tells a story as rich and diverse as a five-course dinner.
Biography of Joseph Paxton, English gardener and architect, best known for designing The Crystal Palace