Cornucopia: A Gastronomic Tour of Britain (1st edition hardback)

Paul Richardson

Verlag: Little Brown, 2000
ISBN 10: 0316648175 / ISBN 13: 9780316648172
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VG/VG 1st edition 2000 Little, Brown hardback, unclipped DJ with illustrations, highly enjoyable foodie tour of Britain. Light edge-rubbing to DJ and corner rub, else VG and unmarked. Sent Airmail at no extra cost; Worldwide Shipping IMMEDIATE 1ST CLASS/AIRMAIL DISPATCH Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Cooking, Wine & Dining; ISBN/EAN: 9780316648172. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 026755. Buchnummer des Verkäufers

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Inhaltsangabe: Food, once the shame of the British nation, is now the object of our shameless, salivatory interest. Cookery is never off our TV screens, nor out of our newspapers. A revolution is afoot, in short, and never in the field of human nutrition have so many people eaten so well. So, at least, we are led to believe. But in the course of a dyspeptic journey around the eating places, the fine food producers, the markets and supermarkets of Britain, expatriate gastronome Paul Richardson found that the truth is more complex, more intriguing and much more amusing. He chats to chefs and shoppers, foodie faddists and junk food junkies. He visits cheesemakers, bakers, smokehouses, coffee houses, and artisan producers of everything from ham and jam to cakes and ale. Democratic to the last, he tastes his way through deep-fried Mars bars in Newcastle, udder in Accrington, pasties in Padstow, and foie gras three ways on a buckwheat pancake in Fulham, interpolating his narrative with fascinating 'bites' of culinary lore. With wit, warmth and a refreshing lemon-squeeze of scepticism, Paul Richardson shows that British food is all these things and more.

Rezension: Historically speaking, British food has been noted for its sophistication a great deal longer than for its mediocrity. Medieval recipes were complex, often involving the pounding of almost a dozen different herbs into a paste before meat and vegetables were even considered. Somewhere along the way, Britain's culinary reputation got lost: before Paul Richardson began to sample British food, his French, Spanish and Italian friends offered him their condolences. But with cookery now occupying record space on our television screens, the tables seem to have turned. Good food is once again on Britain's menu.

Although optimistic, Richardson approached his subject with scepticism, not wishing to be mislead by media hype. During the 18-month tour that would become Cornucopia, he talked to both chefs and shoppers, visited cheesemakers, bakers, smokehouses and coffeehouses, and sampled everything from deep-fried Mars Bars in Newcastle to udder in Accrington. The book opens with Richardson leaving Normandy for Sussex--the start of a tour that would take him through England, Wales and Scotland--finishing up in London, a city now citing itself as the "food capital of the world". Richardson interpolates his narrative with fascinating snippets of culinary history, identifying, for example, the obscure food category of "traditional foods produced in village post offices". The book also includes a handful of recipes, including Burnt Cream and Trout With Bacon. Richardson tells his tale with wry humour, employing the occasional food-related metaphor (cities are described as "fried eggs, with a discernible neat logic of centre and outside"). In attempting to assess the state of Britain's national cuisine,Cornucopia comes close to achieving an impossible task. --Daren King

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Titel: Cornucopia: A Gastronomic Tour of Britain (...
Verlag: Little Brown
Erscheinungsdatum: 2000
Einband: Hardcover
Zustand: Very Good
Auflage: First Edition.

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