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The Pedant In The Kitchen By Julian Barnes

The Pedant In The Kitchen
by Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes - the Pedant in the Kitchen - is on a search for the perfect, flawless recipe. This book brings together his pieces from the Guardian describing that quest. It is a showcase of all that is best about Barnes' non-fiction: wit, perfect style and lightly-worn erudition.
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The Pedant's ambition is simple. He wants to cook tasty, nutritious food; he wants not to poison his friends; and he wants to expand, slowly and with pleasure, his culinary repertoire. A stern critic of himself and others, he knows he is never going to invent his own recipes (although he might, in a burst of enthusiasm, increase the quantity of a favourite ingredient). Rather, he is a recipe-bound follower of the instructions of others. It is in his interrogations of these recipes, and of those who create them, that the Pedant's true pedantry emerges. How big, exactly, is a 'lump'? Is a 'slug' larger than a 'gout'? When does a 'drizzle' become a downpour? And what is the difference between slicing and chopping?This book is a witty and practical account of Julian Barnes' search for gastronomic precision. It is a quest that leaves him seduced by Jane Grigson, infuriated by Nigel Slater, and reassured by Mrs Beeton's Victorian virtues. The Pedant in the Kitchen is perfect comfort for anyone who has ever been defeated by a cookbook and is something that none of Julian Barnes' legion of admirers will want to miss.

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Sku
GOR001289819
Title
The Pedant In The Kitchen
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Hardback
Publisher
Atlantic Books
Year published
Number of pages
96
ISBN 10
1843542390
ISBN 13
9781843542391
Prizes
N/A
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