The Food Lovers' Anthology: A Literary Compendium (Hardcover)

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The Food Lovers' Anthology: A Literary Compendium (Hardcover)

By Bodleian Library (Editor)
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“Show me another pleasure like dinner which comes every day and lasts an hour.”—Talleyrand
“He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.”—Jonathan Swift
“There is no love sincerer than the love of food,” wrote George Bernard Shaw in 1903. Poets, novelists, chefs, and gourmands before and after him would seem to agree. Collected in this anthology is a mouthwatering selection of excerpts on the subject of eating, drinking, cooking, and serving food that is guaranteed to whet every reader’s appetite.

Themed sections group together poetry and prose on grapes and bottles, the ideal cuisine, hangover cures, and vivid vignettes about dinner party behavior. There are stories about food fit for kings, a duchess’s “rumblings abdominal,” fine dining, eating abroad, cooking at home, and gastronomic excesses.  A section on food and travel features Edmund Hillary’s meal at the summit of Everest, Ernest Shackleton’s dish of penguin in the Antarctic, and Joshua Slocum on the unfortunate effects of cheese and plums while sailing solo around the world. Also on the menu are limericks, short-tempered cooks, recipes, fantasy food, special feasts, iron rations, tips on opening oysters, and the uses and abuses of coffee.

Featuring writers as diverse as Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Edward Lear, John Keats, Charles Dickens, Maria Edgeworth, and Marcel Proust, garnished with a generous helping of cartoons, this is a perfect gift for foodies, chefs, picnickers, and epicurean explorers.
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Product Details ISBN: 9781851244218
ISBN-10: 1851244212
Publisher: Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Publication Date: January 15th, 2015
Pages: 304
Language: English
“A diverse collection of prose and poetry punctuated by cartoons. The range of authors is broad, from Dickens to Collette, but food is the uniting theme. Fine gift material.”
— Delicious magazine

"Full of treasures."
— Times Literary Supplement