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Rapper’s Delight: The Hip Hop Cookbook

What WHAAAAAAT! Yes yes y’all, the rumours are true – whether or not you can take the heat, it is definitely time to get in the kitchen, so you can create some culinary chaos with Rapper’s Delight: The Hip Hop Cookbook (96 pages, Dokument Press). Authors Joseph Innis (a foodie), Ralph Miller (a writer) and […]

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Heston Blumenthal’s historic tribute to British cuisine wins 2014 James Beard cookbook of the year

The biggest prize in the cookbook genre was announced yesterday and a book describing the long and complex legacy of British cuisine has picked up the main award. The James Beard Foundation Book Awards named Historic Heston by English chef Heston Blumenthal as cookbook of the year. Blumenthal, owner of The Fat Duck, details the identity […]

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The 10 best descriptions of food in fiction

Over at The Guardian, children’s author Katherine Rundell has selected her top 10 favourite descriptions of food in fiction. I like her selections. My youngest daughter is reading Little House in the Big Woods right now. 1. Everything Roald Dahl wrote I have eaten a lot of chocolate in my life, but nothing has ever been […]

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Literaturwurst or the fine art of sausages made from books

I’d like to introduce a new genre to both bookselling and cooked meat – it’s called Literaturwurst. I give you German artist Dieter Roth, who apparently created around 50 ‘literature sausages’, according to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which put on a Dieter Roth exhibition earlier this year. To make each sausage […]

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A Nice Cup of Tea by George Orwell

In 1946, author George Orwell published an essay in the Evening Standard newspaper called A Nice Cup of Tea. If you like a nice cuppa then you’ll enjoy this piece: A Nice Cup of Tea, January 12, 1946 If you look up ‘tea’ in the first cookery book that comes to hand you will probably […]

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Liberace Cooks! Hundreds of Delicious Recipes for You from His Seven Dining Rooms

Liberace Cooks! Of course, he did. Every celebrity worth their salt has a cookbook and Liberace was no exception. Enjoy this gem from 1970 – Liberace Cooks! Hundreds of Delicious Recipes for You from His Seven Dining Rooms. The cookery book is illustrated with pictures of the great man’s home.

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Review of Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand

Food and music – a good combination. Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand is a former kitchen porter, chef and kitchen washer upper from Glasgow. In 2004, his rock band Franz Ferdinand enjoyed a series of hits and embarked on a world tour. As Kapronos toured the world, he toured the world’s restaurants and wrote about […]

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Breakfast, the most important meal of the day for literary characters

Last Friday, The Guardian carried a lovely article about breakfasts for literary characters. I love this sort of stuff where authors use the little things in life to reveal traits in their characters. The article was written by Seb Emina, author of The Breakfast Bible, published this week by Bloomsbury Meticulous breakfast prep often signals […]

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Burns Night – facts, tips, food and toasts

Happy Burns Night to the Scots and lovers of Robbie Burns’ writing. As usual, there is always something to read about Burns – the Daily Telegraph has Burns in popular culture (check out the Coke bottles), The Guardian blogs about Burns Night food, the Daily Express offers tips on how to host a Burns Night […]

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A video review of Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

My latest video review is for Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton – another food memoir that I’ve added to my growing collection. Don’t read this book if you are already disturbed by the food you receive at weddings and other large events where catering companies supply the grub.

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