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A late Stuart dessert table. Photograph from historicfood.com

Normally, if someone were to say that they've cooked for Marie Antoinette and Jane Austen, you would think they were crazy. But Ivan Day can make that claim and simply be describing his normal activities. By using authentic equipment and historic recipes, he examines history through what people ate. According to an interview with Day in The Age, history is the next big thing in food. Director Martin Scorsese recently phoned Day out of the blue, asking him to cook an authentic period banquet for a film Scorsese is producing about the young Queen Victoria.

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