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How to Be a Better Foodie: A Bulging Little Book for the Truly Epicurious [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Sudi Pigott
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1 Sep 2006
Packed with all the information needed to acquire full gastro-credentials, the serious foodie need look no further than this little pink book, dedicated to all those who are passionate about seeking out the finest, the latest, the rarest and the most delicious foodie knowledge. This fascinating and entertaining book by food writer and restaurant reviewer, Sudi Pigott, begins with a questionnaire to determine 'What Kind of Foodie Are You?, she goes on to reveal her Foodementals of Gastronomy, with highlights, including the Serious Foodie's Store Cupboard Essentials, How the Better Foodie Entertains, Nonchalant Foodie Gems for Dinner Party Conversation, Farmers' Market Etiquette and The Ultimate Foodie Who's Who. Sudi's witty, light-hearted writing makes this book essential reading for even soft-core gastronauts, while hardcore foodies will be fascinated by the lesser-known secrets. Find out why you need at least five different types of salt and pepper in your store cupboard, what cookbooks you cannot be without, why no-one who's anyone would dream of eating rocket anymore, what is the 'new' pesto, and how to get better service in restaurants. With eye-catching design and page after page of compelling foodie facts and quizzes, this book will ensure that the truly epicurious always remain one step ahead.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; illustrated edition edition (1 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844003337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844003334
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 14.8 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 814,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sudi Pigott offers a glimpse into the rarefied world of the expert
-- Time Out

About the Author

Sudi Pigott has been a food writer and restaurant reviewer for the past 10 years writing for a wide variety of publications including The Financial Times Weekend , Independent on Sunday, Sunday Telegraph, Evening Standard, Delicious, BBC Homes & Antiques, Food and Travel, High Life and Square Meal. She was also a major contributor to The Insight Guide to Eating in London, published in 2005. Sudi has also been involved in organising and running Cook It! a national children s cooking competition with The Guild of Food Writers.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Expectations, Disappointing Delivery 18 May 2007
Whilst this is the book that every gastronome lusts for, it, and indeed the writer, does not deliver anything special. Various inaccuracies, slurring writing style and little of the 'wit' that is promised, the book is inconsistent in content and lacking in charisma.

It's as if the shiny silver cloche of the cover lifts off to reveal a rather tasteless piece of steamed dreariness.

Better stick to Schott's food & wine miscellany for fact and Giles Coren's reviews for funny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun 30 Mar 2013
By Alison
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Written by an expert in the food world this light-hearted but informative book makes excellent bedtime reading and reference material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This will make a great present 4 Oct 2006
By Paula
A riveting read even for someone who already considers themselves an arch foodie.

What's more it made me laugh out loud as I recognised some of the more

eccentric habits of the committed foodie exposed.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good buy ! 18 Dec 2006
If you HAVE any interest in food this is the book to buy. It explains in a witty way all the ins and outs of being one up when it comes to talking about food. Your friends will be amazed at your comprehensive knowledge of what to buy, where to buy it, what you should order in restaurants and everything else to do with food.

In fact if you want to give your food interested friends a treat this book would make a marvellous pressie. All our friends will be getting copies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The epicurious will relish this fun little book 17 Nov 2007
By SweetHappyLife-com - Published on
If you're wondering what to get your foodie friends for the holidays, you may want to consider making Sudi Pigott's "How to Be a Better Foodie" your stocking stuffer of choice. This chic little brown & pink book is choc full of entertaining food related tidbits: from a rundown of the "better foodie" cupboard essentials (Jordanian Zatar made the list, which I appreciated), to food quotations, to an index of flavors to enjoy when traveling and an almanac of seasonal produce. There's also a list of "better foodie stocking stuffers," which includes items like candied chestnuts and a hand-tied bunch of Madagascan vanilla pods. Altogether this is a light-hearted, enjoyable book that doesn't take itself too seriously and even seems to poke playful fun at the idea that serious foodies are snobs. Hence the references to the "linguine literati" and advice sections on the best better foodie pet. "Bee keeping has an endearing, albeit competitive buzz," the author muses, and on the topic of entertaining she recommends cultivating an air of "studied nonchalance" by flaunting your relationship with the local fishmonger. Foodies will appreciate the mixture of humor and real food-related content. I've added several obscure handcrafted cheeses to my "must try" list since reading this book, along with a generous helping of better foodie knowledge - who knew that chili heat is measured in scovilles, the official scale measure of hotness? Or that watercress was called "poor man's bread" in the nineteenth century? "How to Be a Better Foodie" won't become your go-to reference book, but it will become a much enjoyed conversation starter.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really-- for serious foodie who want to be even better foodies!! 5 Jun 2009
By T. Turner - Published on
I am a serious foodie. At times, I felt this author was speaking directly to my heart. Mostly just smiling along, nodding my head, drooling at times, and thinking "exactly" in a blissful state of epicurean solidarity. But at others times, I felt like a food-newbie! ( ...I only keep five varities of rice... what are these delicious borlotti beans she speaks of!? ...and who is Marc Veyrat? --a name I should surely know!) But the author does a pretty good job of filling in the blanks, keeping me in line, and whetting my palate for glorious new things to seek out.

It is evident that the writer is from Europe but she doesn't ignore the food culture in the US or elsewhere globally. At times though, American and other readers might feel the disconnect (for when was samphire anything other than rare here in the US?) Still, it makes little difference. Just more great things to try!

I am uplifted by this book and anytime I feel lonesome in my foodie world, I will pick up this book for more of that gluttonous solidarity.

But a warning to pseudo-foodies; those who claim "I love food" but who still don't cringe upon being forced to dine at a chain restaurant, those who have never bailed on a recipe because the ingredients available weren't of fine enough quality, or felt the child-like giddiness overwhelm them as they walked toward a farmer's market.... you're not ready for this book yet. ;)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epicureans delight in this delicious read 3 Mar 2010
By Princess Kitty - Published on
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Sudi Pigott can make anything sound delightful and this is a great read as an introduction to being a foodie. At the time I read the first edition, there were some obscure ingredients I hadn't heard of yet and later did, plus the list of food festivals and restaurants is helping me plan my travels... I liked this so much, I've bought a stock of 10 copies to give to friends!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun in Pink and Brown, and solid as a brownie 10 July 2009
By Aceto - Published on
I approached this brownie shaped chunkie of a book with not a little trepidation. Scary title. But the colors, pink and brown, drew me in with memories of long ago. Yes, this combo is in retro-revival big time for everything from weddings to baby showers. But it goes way back, as does so much in this fun book. Ms. Pigott has much more going on here than meets the eye. Her themes run deep. Very English she is, and although a relative new comer (she has been around just over ten years), she breathes tradition in the best way.

Better Foodie is a tour de force of a large world. Ms. Pigott treats most all of it, quickly, but clearly and nicely. She gives you the essence and leaves it to you to google it out for yourself. If you are a beginner, she gives you the fastest way to get up to speed on everything food. Beans, spice, meats, vegetables, hardware and holidays. Books and films to keep you going well on. She gives Persian cuisine its proper place.

If you need a gift for a serious foodie, just do a bit of free-associating and she will give you the answer. Bright and breezy, she knows her stuff cold, or hot. She values the past and understands today. She is reliable and honest. And she does not get lost in the weeds, except to tell you which weeds are best for any application.

Everything about this book is careful and thoughtful, but appears effortless. What a team she has got! Good editing. Great design by Amanda Grape. First rate binding by Penguin's Viking Studio. 50s retro illustrations decorate just right without goosing up the price with useless glossy photos. Even the type font is specially fitting. She has Baskerville, developed in the late 1700s, by an English grave stone carver, so when he moved to type, he broke all the rules being trained as a stonecutter. A genius result and made new again in the 20s. Crisp and clean and inviting like everything else here.

Ms. Pigott is the very spirit of the new English ascendancy. Even if you are not a beginner, there is probably more than enough to round you out, so to speak. Not a reference book or one of deep scholarship, but she points you there, and that is the value of this book. Well worth the modest price.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable 9 Mar 2013
By Nikki Douglas - Published on
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The inside of the book has salmon colored pages and brown pages with alternating brown and pink type. it is impossible to read in the tiniest typeface imaginable. The book might have been brilliant. Who knows? The design is a freaking nightmare. Who could have ever thought this was a good thing? Ridiculous.If there is a kindle version perhaps that would be readable.
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