Posts Tagged “food literature”

Hot Dog – A Global History by Bruce Kraig – review

Hot Dog – A Global History by Bruce Kraig – review

I am not sure that I even appreciated that there was a global history for a hot dog but it’s true and we know because we see them wherever we travel. They are as American and ubiquitous as the other fast food staple, hamburgers, and have been around for a lot longer… to the tune…

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Gentleman’s Relish – A Compendium of English Culinary Oddities – review

Gentleman’s Relish – A Compendium of English Culinary Oddities – review

This small chunky book is a treat. It lists and describes just about all of those quirky and well-loved foodstuffs that we hold dear. Yes, we consider them to be English but a remarkable number of them have either foreign origins or foreign originators. Gentleman’s Relish is a mine of information that will charm any…

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An Omelette and a Glass of Wine by Elizabeth David – review

An Omelette and a Glass of Wine by Elizabeth David – review

I review books by many new authors, many smart young foodies and quite a few old stagers, who each have lots to offer the culinary opus. Elizabeth David is, depending on your viewpoint, either a shining star in a dazzling firmament or a treasure island in the sea of mediocrity. It’s true that Elizabeth David…

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How to Cook for Food Allergies by Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne – review

How to Cook for Food Allergies by Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne – review

Are food allergies more common these days or are we just more aware? It’s evident that there are a lot of people who have adverse reactions to common ingredients but everyone wants to eat delicious food. How to Cook for Food Allergies will be welcomed by millions who want to provide safe food for the…

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Cook Yourself Thin – Quick and Easy – cookbook review

Cook Yourself Thin – Quick and Easy – cookbook review

Cook Yourself Thin: sounds like a kitchen workout video. “Try these few simple exercises while you cook – lift those pans, jog between fridge and sink, whisk to lose calories.” Not at all. This is about eating but in a more thoughtful way. Almost sounds too good to be true… but read on. The full…

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Pepper by Christine McFadden – review

Pepper by Christine McFadden – review

The history of pepper, and there’s 3000 years of it, is as romantic and bloody as any work of fiction.   Pepper has been used in medicine, in embalming when the medicine didn’t work, as currency, and as a status symbol. It’s one of the few spices that has continually graced the British cruet since cruets…

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The Chinese Kitchen by Deh-Ta Hsiung – review

The Chinese Kitchen by Deh-Ta Hsiung – review

“ … People who know Deh-ta say that he is one terrific chef, a chap who makes spectacular banquets, and one outstanding culinary host… If you do not already know this prolific author’s publications, you must! You need to try his recipes and learn from him. You will not be disappointed…” (The Institute for the…

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A Table in the Tarn by Orlando Murrin – review

A Table in the Tarn by Orlando Murrin – review

It’s not just a story of a table but, in fact, a whole guest house. That guest house being in the Tarn region of South West France where the author, Orlando Murrin, and his partner Peter Steggall have made their home. More accurately, Orlando and Peter have turned an old property into a guest house,…

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Middle Eastern Cookery by Arto der Haroutunian – review

Middle Eastern Cookery by Arto der Haroutunian – review

Original copies of this book have changed hands for hundreds of pounds. It’s that combination of scarcity and popularity that encourages that monetary phenomenon. The author, Arto der Haroutunian, died in 1987 so his books are valued as a resource that will never be replaced. Arto was only 47 years old when he died. Middle…

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Kitchen Essays by Agnes Jekyll – review

Kitchen Essays by Agnes Jekyll – review

This is the quintessential English cookbook. Written in the 1920’s Agnes Jekyll has captured that decade, those years, those days of calm before the storm. Dress in your best flowery, floaty frock (if you are a girl, that is), invite some friends for a Sunday afternoon summer picnic and take this book along. Pack an…

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Pancake – A Global History by Ken Albala – review

Pancake – A Global History by Ken Albala – review

Another soon-to-be classic from the Edible Series by Reaktion Books. Pancake – A Global History is just one from that long list of titles that will shortly be available. There are two other volumes already in book stores, Hamburger and Pizza. The author of Pancake – A Global History is Ken Albala. You might remember…

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Fresh Eggs Don’t Float by Lara DePetrillo – review

Fresh Eggs Don’t Float by Lara DePetrillo – review

This must be one of the most amusing but practical books around. Lara DePetrillo and Caroline Eastman-Bridges have collected and compiled a treasure chest of good advice that they are happy to pass on to novice cooks. Fresh Eggs Don’t Float has a number of recipes but it’s more a book of cooking tips laced…

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European Peasant Cookery by Elisabeth Luard – review

European Peasant Cookery by Elisabeth Luard – review

I have two big “thank yous” to start this review. First to the author Elisabeth Luard and secondly to Grub Street publishers who have presented me with this amazing book which I have so wanted to review. European Peasant Cookery should be recognised as an “important” work and I am sure it will be sought…

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Wise Words and Country Ways for Cooks by Ruth Binney – review

Wise Words and Country Ways for Cooks by Ruth Binney – review

Our language is full of sayings that cover almost every aspect of life. A stitch in time saves nine, All’s well that ends well, Money talks, Like father – like son, It’s a long way to Tipperary…er,…or something like that. Wise Words and Country Ways for Cooks, however, focuses on kitchen-based wisdom and gives some…

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Pizza – A Global History by Carol Helstosky – review

Pizza – A Global History by Carol Helstosky – review

The Edible Series of food history books is turning into one of my favourite multi-volume collections. Pizza – A Global History is another title recently published and it has the same characteristic high-end presentation and content as the others I have encountered. These are small books but classy so if you are into shelf-appeal you’ll…

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Hamburger – A Global History by Andrew F. Smith – review

Hamburger – A Global History by Andrew F. Smith – review

Reaktion Books is a publisher that has presented some of the most worthwhile food-related books around. They have just added a new collection of books to their list and you’ll want these if you have ever boasted of having a love of food. The Edible Series has three titles at the moment (Hamburger, Pizza and…

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A Summer in Gascony by Martin Calder – review

A Summer in Gascony by Martin Calder – review

This is one of the most charming books ever written about the South of France. A summer in Gascony – Discovering the Other South of France, to give it the full title, is all about south-west France, the opposite side of the country to the trendy and much more expensive Nice and the Cote d’Azur….

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Tasting Italy – A Culinary Journey by Alice Vollenweider – review

Tasting Italy – A Culinary Journey by Alice Vollenweider – review

This is another of those smart chunky books from Haus Publishing who only present top-notch works, and Tasting Italy by Alice Vollenweider is amongst them. Italy has a reputation as a food paradise. Not only because there is an abundance of quality fresh produce but because the Italian housewife sets high standards in both market…

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The Slow Food Story by Geoff Andrews – review

The Slow Food Story by Geoff Andrews – review

Anyone who is at all concerned about the “Fast Life” and “Fast Food” will want to read this book. The Slow Food Story – Politics and Pleasure is an in-depth look at the growing call for the moderation of modern lifestyle. The Slow Food Movement was set up in Italy as a response to the…

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Cupboard Love by Laura Lockington – review

Cupboard Love by Laura Lockington – review

Laura Lockington has penned an autobiography that is both hilarious and poignant with the common denominator being food. This is brilliant and my only complaint is that it’s too short. I was disappointed when I reached that last page. The same sentiment one has when one reaches the end of a well-needed holiday. Cupboard Love…

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