Simmonds, Peter Lund

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Simmonds, Peter Lund (1814–97) author of The Curiosities of Food; or the Dainties and Delicacies of Different Nations Obtained from the Animal Kingdom (1859). This is in all probability the first attempt to write a general worldwide survey of animal products.

Simmonds was born in Aarhus, Denmark. He became a writer on ‘applied sciences’, with a series of books on agriculture, food preservation, commercial foods, and beverages around the world. He was in charge of the British exhibit at the Paris Exhibition of 1867, and the exhibitions at Amsterdam in 1869 and 1883, and seems to have been the director of some type of food and agriculture ‘museum’ in London. For a more detailed account of his life, see Davidson’s introduction to a facsimile edition of the book mentioned above.