…and one more thing


In addition to the numerous offline comments I have had about the Nawab I have also had several about  my favourite foodies. While this may not count as a true entry I am hoping it has a little value as a space filler. 


My favourite food writers of all time is a question I get asked a fair amount. I would think the answers are obvious. In chronological order. Andre Simon was brilliant and his magnum opus was undoubtedly A Concise Encyclopedia of Gastronomy. It sets the bar for food writing and is enormously entertaining. He has recipes for just about everything including rat and elephant. How can one not respect that? As a good aside his recipes ( though I never actually follow a recipe – it makes me feel cheap) are pretty spot-on as well. Elizabeth David is to me the greatest food writer who ever lived. She captures places and foods with a clarity that is astounding. I never thought much of women and food until I read her work and it truly changed my world. I will never squeeze a lemon again without bowing my head to a woman who changed how I think about food. Of course, Anthony Bourdain is a quasi-god to me. Here we have a heterosexual man who understands food and writes in a style that is both refreshing and unique. I don’t know if he knows it but he is one of the best writers on the planet. The man cooks and yet he is able to write like someone who  should be writing the next great novel.  He understands and appreciates his subject. There are not many writers who have mastered that fine craft and he has done so amazingly. More importantly, I care what he writes and I believe it. The humour is an added benefit. Anyone who has not read Bourdain is missing out in life. I have never eaten in his restaurant(s) but I am certain his legacy will not be in his eating establishments but in his prose.  Of course, I would be remiss to not mention the greatest culinary work I have ever worshipped which  remains Larousse Gastronomique. The greatest book ever written on the subject of cookery.  When I watched my fave animated film of all time – Ratatouille – I asked myself if it respects Larousse. It does. 


The very first time I read Larousse I thought…this is my bible…it remains so.


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