From the very beginning, the British were hungry for the culinary secrets of the other great empires of the world.
They knew how to cook, how to produce and how to transport food.
And they knew how much it could take to get everything from fish to tea to the most exotic spices.
They could even take it all home and bake it.
But the first world war changed everything.
As the war ended, Britain began to lose the power and prestige it had gained in the 20th century.
Britain’s industrial and scientific capabilities declined and it began to rely more and more on trade to keep itself afloat.
The British were no longer the great power they had been in the 19th century, they were the hungry, starving, thirsty, hard-drinking, country-clubbing, hardass.
So, it’s no wonder they began to crave something more than just food.
It was the first time that food was truly their most valuable commodity.
And, in doing so, they changed the course of history.