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Durian Gray , Medlar Lucan , Alex Martin , Jerome Fletcher
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dedalus Ltd (24 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873982224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873982228
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review from The Sunday Times
'The chapter headings say it all:Corruption and Decay;Blood, the Vital Ingredient; The Gastronomic Mausoleum; and I can Recommend the Poodle. This is not a normal cookbook but a slightly sinister and highly literate feast of decadent writing on food. There are dishes from the tables of Caligula and the Marquis de Sade, a visit to Paris under seige (where rat was a luxury), some unexpected uses for cat food and some amblongous recipes from Edward Lear. There should be something to delight and offend everyone: the recipes for cooking with endangered species looking particularly tasty. Mouthwatering.'

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good little book for a target audience 4 Feb 2001
I discovered a used copy a few years ago. It would appeal to those with an eccentric taste bordering to noir, who would stomach Sade for intrigue rather than pleasure. For this group, a 4-5 rating would be more accurate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars apples for jam, by tessa kiros 11 Nov 2008
if all you read is the cover and think, "wow, what a fantastic title, what a fantastic photograph, how evocative!", then this is the book for you. If you don't cook, don't possess pots and pans, but enjoy reading descriptive, colourful, in-the-moment prose, then this is the book for you. If you never plan to take up cooking, but marvel at its weight, its history, its contents, then this is the book for you. If you don't read it cover to cover, if you put it in the loo for others to pick up, then this is the book for you. If you actualy DO cook, and wish to have a go, to great success, at the recipes, to much delight and full-ness, then this is the book for you. Read it and smile. It's wonderful. And reassuringly heavy. Well worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Witty, Wicked, and Tasty, too. 1 April 2000
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If Oscar Wilde or Dorothy Parker are coming to dinner, cook for them from this cookbook. _The Decadent Cookbook_ has something to intrigue, fascinate, repel, and offend everyone; that and its dry, droll tone are its two biggest charms, but it has many, from literary selections to recipes that actually work. One note on the latter, though: the recipies are amusing but, because they are all historical and many of them are quite old (and therefore taken from sources that didn't trouble with measures or temperatures, or transcribed directly from cooks' dictation), they are sometimes less than precise. Many don't contain measurements, and/or have directions such as "grill furiously until scorched and crisp"; they do require a bit of creativity and experience on the part of the cook to come out well.
I could continue describing the decadent charms of this book, half literary compendium, half cookbook, and all outrageous, but instead I think I'll recommend that, inspired by an Ancient Egyptian menu and a description of a Papal feast, the curious cook try their hand at such Decadent recipes as Lady's Navels, Soles in Coffins, and Mock Hedgehog. If the cat interferes, promise him the fate of the Cat in Tomato Sauce.
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