The Knickerbocker Glory Years: The Great British Book of How Not to Eat Paperback – 20 Oct 2008
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'A full-on saveloy-in-cheek homage to the worst and most embarrassing tropes of British food' The Times 'Lampen taps into a rich vein of culinary catastrophe from stir-in sauces to Coronation Chicken' Daily Mail
About the Author
Martin Lampen was born in Plymouth, Devon in 1973. Now living in London, he works as a freelance design consultant on high-profile media projects. Martin is also the creator of the incredibly successful website www.bubblegum-machine.com, which eulogises catchy-yet-long-forgotten pop music, meaning he receives thousands of e-mails per year from Belgians enquiring about Mungo Jerry B-sides.
Top Customer Reviews
There's quite a lot that Martin doesn't like - this is no celebration of British cuisine. Sometimes he makes a very valid point, as with the term 'pan-fried'. As he says, as opposed to fried using what receptacle?
There are things that he likes here too, particularly Knickerbocker Glories for boys aged 11-14, hence the title, but these are one man's very personal opinions and the nostalgia path has become a well-trodden one. Martin doesn't pull any punches though and his redeeming feature is that he can tell a story against himself very nicely. You might be a bit wary of befriending him though as many friends and acquaintances have made it in to the book as well and some of the stories about them have the air of pure unvarnished truth.
I liked the portrayal of his parents. I felt I got to know Martin's Irish dinner-lady mum and his ex-forces Dad. The story of his Dad stripping labels from almost countless tins for competitions yet never winning because he always used the same tired old chestnut of a slogan was an amusing one.
Not a classic like Toast but a bit of a curate's egg. Good in parts, making it a safe bet to dip in and out of without feeling that you must read on. On the whole, it's enjoyable.
Previous reviews have been critical of the style, but the best way I would describe this is to imagine it being read by Jack Dee. A grumpy miserable look at our eating habits. For example if you find the following description of broccoli and stilton soup funny, then I suspect you will like the book. If you don't them avoid it!
"Eating broccoli and stilton soup is like licking curdled milk from a charity shop carpet"
But I enjoyed it (which probably says much about my sense of humour) and while it can be hit and miss, the hits were worth waiting for.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this at HMV in their Bargain Bucket for £1.00, as being a professional chef with 32 years experience, might find it a bit of a laugh with food from bygone days. Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2012 by Alan Frehley