- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Derrydale Press; New Ed edition (19 Mar. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1586670492
- ISBN-13: 978-1586670498
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,303,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Knife, Fork and Spoon: Eating Around the World Hardcover – 19 Mar 2001
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You need to have a familiarity with pre-WWII geography and history. He writes about receipts (not recipes; he explains why that term is used in the book) that he got at British colonial outposts in various ex-British holdings. He refers to Ceylon and Indochina, not Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Some of the ingredients he calls for are no longer available like sea turtle. There are also some quaint racial references. You need to keep remembering when the book was written (late 1930's and early 1940's) to keep things in perspective.
Barker does have some hints which he adds as "Words to the Wise" that are really helpful like adding lemon to fish before you cook them, why you should add salt to a liquid when it's almost done rather than when you start the dish and the use of sugar as a flavoring not a sweetener.
My husband thinks the book a great simply because he has a receipt for Baked Alaska.
Barker writes with humor and a love for good food that makes this book a fun read - even for those who don't cook.