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A entertaining book of culinary lore,
This review is from: Real Flavours: The Handbook of Gourmet and Deli Ingredients (Paperback)
This is a great book full of knowledge, wit, anecdotes and opinion. In fact Glynn Christian is very, very opinionated about food - and you won't always agree with him. Some will accuse him of being arrogant or a food snob, others will say he mistakes his own opinions for fact. I disagree. The reason he is so opinionated is his passion about food and this really shows in his writing. Take his line "The silly home economist who sent me recipes for curries for four people, and who thought using two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in them a good idea, should be stripped of her undoubtedly neat aprons and boiled alive in butter and oil" - you get some idea of the strength of his feeling.
But whether you agree with him or not you will be entertained and learn a lot by reading this book - and you will be a better cook because of it. It might appear to be a reference book - and I probably will dip into it from time to time to look things up - but I have just read it from cover to cover and it is a rewarding experience.