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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Unbound; 01 edition (6 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783522402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783522408
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A wonderful cookbook . . . defiantly and hilariously unprecious, even as it demonstrates on every page the author’s discernment as a gourmet. Periodically Meades erupts in wittily splenetic denunciations of holier-than-thou food ist rhetoric. [The Plagiarist in the Kitchen] instantiates a philosophy of food that is wiser and cleverer than anything you will read under the burgeoning academic rubric of “philosophy of food”." (Guardian)

"Meades returns now as defiant, playful, and possibly punch drunk as ever . . . The Plagiarist in the Kitchen is a cookbook in the mode of, say, The Futurist Cookbook, The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, or a good old-fashioned M. F. K. Fisher." (Times Literary Supplement)

"Meades is one of our most eloquent and excellent iconoclasts . . . Although the prose is as opinionated and elegant as you'd expect, this is a brilliant, magnificently old-fashioned cookbook." (Mail on Sunday)

"The Plagiarist in the Kitchen is hilariously grumpy, muttering at us “Don’t you bastards know anything?” You can read it purely for literary pleasure, but Jonathan Meades makes everything sound so delicious that the non-cook will be moved to cook and the bad cook will cook better."" (Best Summer Reads Guardian)

"Witty, forthright and full of excellent recipes. A welcome companion for self-catering holidays." (Summer Reads Spectator)

"Meades reasonably observes that 'no one reads a cookbook cover to cover', but for obvious reasons I did this one, and I don't regret it. It is quite the funniest I've read." (Sunday Telegraph)

"Meades was for 15 years from 1986 the restaurant critic of the Times, a calling he approached with polymathic wit, much copied, rarely bettered . . . The Plagiarist in the Kitchen is a personal food odyssey, a book of recipes, each with a story of how he came by it, and why exactly he is passing it off as his own." (Observer)

"The Plagiarist in the Kitchen, an intriguing read as any Meades follower will suppose – peppered with digressions, spleen, literary references, jests and arcane knowledge – is also a repository of sound European recipes." (Evening Standard)

"Meades is a hugely entertaining writer and the book is peppered with anecdotes and contrarian statements: "So far as I can recall I have not eaten guacamole," is just one example." (Restaurant Magazine)

"Meades has been compared, favourably, to Rabelais and, flatteringly, to Swift. The truth is that he outstrips both in the gaudiness of his imagination." (Henry Hitchings Times Literary Supplement)

About the Author

Jonathan Meades is a writer, journalist, essayist and film-maker. He is the author of Filthy English, Peter Knows What Dick Likes, The Fowler Family Business, Museum Without Walls and Pompey. In 2014, he published the first volume of his autobiography, An Encyclopaedia of Myself.

His many films for the BBC include Abroad in Britain, Meades Eats, Meades on France and, most recently, The Joy of Essex and Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness Concrete Poetry.

The Plagiarist in the Kitchen is his first cookbook.

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