Cliché time: I can’t believe one year has shot by! How strange to be celebrating the first birthday of Feast and Phrase!

I’ve gone from words for orange fruit and World War Two slogans to fur-trapper food and names for pasta shapes. Thank you to everyone who has read and shared posts! Family and friends have been very supportive, as has the online community – many thanks to bloggers like Shannon Selin and H. D. Miller for their encouraging words!

A special thank you to a former colleague of mine who, on seeing that I brought lots of weird and wonderful lunches into work, suggested, ‘You should write about food. Start a blog – no, seriously!’ And here we are!

Time to complete the First Birthday Countdown of the ten most-read posts from Year One:

10. Benjamin Franklin on Food

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9. Remembering Food Slogans on VE Day

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8. Waterloo 200: Wellingtons and Napoleons

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7. A Tonka Bean Mystery

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6. Wine in the Rubáiyát

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5. Broccoli Phobia and Inside Out

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4. Nixtamalization: Aztecs and Ash

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3. Waterloo 200: Battlefield Victuals

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2. My Darling Clementine. Mandarin. Orange. HELP.

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And the most-read post from Year One is…

1. A Bite of Bunny Chow

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Roll on Year Two!