The Compendium of Nosh is all about the weird and wonderful things we put in our mouths. From A through to Z it gives wickedly funny, informative insights into foods, flavours, produce, etiquettes and observances. With it you'll know your Baked Alaska from your Blueberry Grunt, your Capiscums from Cardoons, even your Fadge from your Fufu. You can discover the odd hobbies of J.H.Kellogg, the cornflake king, or the plutocratic origins of baked beans and why coffee and tea have caused wars, revolutions, and draconian punishments in every continent. Besides informing in abundance, The Compendium is wickedly funny and liberally peppered with the author's prejudices. Jack McLean is opinionated, idiosyncratic and -- like his best-loved food -- completely unreconstructed. The Compendium of Nosh is an extraordinary confection and a must-have for foodies.
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'Elegant writing, pithy insights and a true passion for food' -- Tom Parker Bowles, Mail on Sunday 'A beautifully produced new alphabet of foodie frivolity' -- Bee Wilson, Sunday Telegraph 'Splendid ... simply delicious' -- Herald 'In a just world it ought to sell like hot toddies at the Mod' -- Alan Taylor, Sunday Herald 20051016 'An extensive guide but also a light and fascinating read -- a must for anyone who loves food' -- Fresh 20060601 'A personable encyclopedia of culinary facts, tips, prejudices and autobiography' -- Stephen Poole, Guardian 20060722
About Jack McLean
Jack McLean has been a writer, broadcaster and award-winning columnist for three decades. He has also been an art teacher, illustrator, copy-writer, musician and restaurateur. His interest in food streches back to his days as a waiter, barman and commis chef. For some time he wrote an acclaimed column 'Table For One' for the Herald. He has written six books. He now lives in his native Glasgow, where he is famed among the journalist cogniscienti as 'The Urban Voltaire'.
The Compendium of Nosh by Jack McLean
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