Toasted Cheese with the Dickenses


Many dinners in Dickens’s household would have finished with a tasty, comforting dish of toasted cheese; Catherine Dickens enjoyed the dish so much she even included several versions in her own recipe book, What Shall We Have for Dinner? (1851). In this video our exhibition Co-Curator Pen Vogler explains the mysteries of Victorian cheese toasters.

This video is the fifth in a series of five videos celebrating our special exhibition, Food Glorious Food: Dinner with Dickens. The first video can be found herethe second here, the third here and the fourth here.


Pen Vogler is a food historian specialising in food in literature and guest curator of the exhibition Food Glorious Food: Dinner with Dickens. She is also author of Dinner with Mr Darcy, Tea with Jane Austen, Dinner with Dickens and Christmas with Dickens, and edited Penguin’s Great Food series, published by Penguin Classics in 2011. She has written on food in history and literature for The Guardian Review, BBC History Magazine, Sunday Times, The Lady Magazine, The Oldie, The Observer.  She has cooked recipes from the past for Radio 4’s PM and Making History, Mrs Dickens Family Christmas on BBC2 and been interviewed for a number of papers and podcasts.  She has given talks and tastings at festivals and events throughout Britain.  

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