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the haggis: a little history (Little Scottish bookshelf) [Hardcover]

Clarissa Dickson Wright , Clare Hewitt
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1996 Little Scottish bookshelf
Myth and mystery have surrounded the origins of the haggis. Where did it come from? What does the name mean? What is it made of?

This delightful little book dispels the myths and reveals the fascinating truth about Scotland's most famous dish.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 59 pages
  • Publisher: Appletree Press Ltd; 1st edition (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862816351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862816353
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Clarissa Dickson Wright found fame alongside Jennifer Paterson as one half of the much-loved TV cooking partnership Two Fat Ladies. She is the author of the bestselling memoirs Spilling the Beans and her latest, Rifling Through My Drawers, as well as many cookery books including Clarissa's Comfort Food and the soon to be published Potty - Clarissa's One Pot Cookbook. She is also a passionate supporter of the Countryside Alliance and of rural life and lives a little in London but mostly in Scotland.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting little read 23 Oct 2008
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I thoroughly enjoyed this short history of a much loved Scottish delicacy. Clarissa Dickson Wright did her homework and writes very well. Recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars So that's what a Haggis is made with 27 May 2010
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What a delightful little book - well illustrated and a pleasure to read. Full of information about a foodstuff that many people think they know but probably don't know as much as they think.
CDW is a great writer.
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This is a small but charming book on the unlikely subject of The Haggis. Clarissa Dickson Wright has a great way with words but sadly no longer with us. The colourful illustrations complement the text throughout.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid tough of history 13 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Clarissa Dickson Wright fans will love her little book of history about one of Scotland's culinary products. Except for its whiskey, if one mentions "haggis" one immediate thinks of Scotland. The book is brief and to the point with suttle humour peppered throughout the piece. Ms. Wright shows her culinary knowledge and her well read background in this delicious piece of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Chieftain o' the Puddin' Race 21 Feb 2001
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Haggis is the legendary national dish of Scotland. It is, when well-made, surprisingly delicious. We served an excellent one to friends from Nova Scotia that we bought in Scotland, and our guests were delighted by its spicy richness.
Clarissa Disckon Wright, the witty co-host of the Two Fat Ladies cooking show, wrote this book with her wry humor but also with authority. It is an excellent work and fun to read. The illustrations are charming.
Be warned, however; making a haggis yourself is not for the faint-of-heart, nor is a detailed recipe included here--the initial stages of making haggis resemble a post-mortem more than a culinary exercise. Dickson Wright gently suggests you buy yours, as most people do. This is surprising, as she once described a recipe for beef tongue stuffed in sausage casing explaining, "just as simple really as applying a condom, though, of course, less fun."
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. 24 Aug 2004
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
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Clarissa Dickson Wright, The Haggis: A Little History (Pelican Press, 1998)

Books like this make me wonder: what is the publishing industry thinking jacking up their prices every year, like clockwork, assuming we're going to buy this "cost of living increase" nonsense?

Clarissa Dickson Wright's The Haggis: A Little History is a small, lavishly-illustrated hardback priced such that, if the carpings of other publishers are to be believed, Pelican must have taken a major loss printing and selling it for the price they do. One would expect to see a book of this beauty selling for at least three times this price solely to break even. (Heed well, poetry fans. You're getting screwed on those fifteen-dollar trade paperbacks of less than an hundred pages. Not that you're surprised, but now you have hard evidence.)

As to the content of the book itself, it's a short essay by Dickson Wright (the surviving member of the wonderful Two Fat Ladies) on the origins, history, and popularity of the dish that has come to be associated with Scotland more than any other, though it's been said the Scots invented whiskey because they had to eat haggis. With her trademark wit and charm, Dickson Wright sheds new light on the much-maligned supersausage. Maybe even enough new light to get a few folks to try the stuff. Maybe. Folks, if you have tried scrapple and thought you were eating something akin to haggis, think again. (One word: oatmeal.)

A lovely little book. Granted, probably not for everyone, but giving a slew of these to children as birthday presents (you can remove the dust jacket; the actual book cover is just as beautiful and far more durable) may finally take the taint off the Scottish Hot Dog once and for all. ****
5.0 out of 5 stars Clarrisa's Celtic Cracker 20 Jan 2014
By Amanda - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this book - it's just a little one. Well written as it would be by Clarissa, who is an authority on and lover of all things foody and especially meaty.
This would make an excellent gift for a cook's library - one who has everything else!
3.0 out of 5 stars Haggis History 29 Aug 2009
By Tootie Whee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A small book packed with history. Written on a little known subject, there is almost too much information for anyone who is not a haggis connoiseur. Probably not a title you would want to keep in your home library.
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