During the Second World War, when meat was in short supply, the British Government pushed all sorts of alternatives. At a time when meat-eating was the norm, and vegetarianism was viewed as decidedly cranky, it evidently felt it had to provide recipes that were as little different from traditional meat dishes as possible. One of these was a vegetable pie (its contents varied according to season, but potatoes and root vegetables were standard ingredients). It was christened with the name of F. J. Marquis, first Earl of Woolton, who was Minister of Food at the time.
Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.