A delicious grab-bag of stories, recollections and histories that makes for the perfect gift for literary foodies (Stuart Evers Independent
The breadth and scope of the entries, from personal anecdote to Classical history, from modern American manners to French peasant cookery, is admirable, as are the beautiful illustrations and whip-smart design (Stuart Evers Independent
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From the award-winning author James Salter and his wife, Kay - amateur chefs and perfect hosts - here is a lively book packed full of culinary wisdom, history, recipes, literary pleasures, and the authors' own stories of their triumphs - and catastrophes - in the kitchen.
With an entry for each day of the year, Life Is Meals takes us from a Twelfth Night cake in January to a champagne dinner on New Year's Eve. Along the way you will discover:
The menu on the Titanic on the fatal night.
The extraordinary sense of well-being derived from the perfect martini - and how to make one.
The origin of the sandwich.
How to decide whom to invite to a dinner party - and whom not to.
Where in Paris Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter had French onion soup at 4:00 a.m.
How to cope with acts of god and man-made disasters in the kitchen.
Sophisticated, practical, opinionated and indispensable, Life Is Meals is a tribute to the glory of food and drink, and the joy of sharing them with others. It is a perfect companion for any food lover.