Author(s): Robert Booth
An anthology of the famous and infamous after whom many hundreds of dishes have been namedWith a lighthearted tone, this compilation pays homage to the food pioneers who had the foresight to mix ingredients together into favorite dishes and recipes that have stood the test of time--and the test of people's picky palates. Discover the Caesar Salad's unlikey origins in defiance of Prohibition, who the original Madeleine was before she captivated Proust, why Heinz's success owed so much to the occult as well as the petty, how Tarte Tatin was the chaotic result of flirting while cooking, and many other morsels of gastronomic history sure to delight and entertain. This amusing and compelling who's who will appeal to all foodies who are curious about the origins of their favorite dishes and desserts.
"Robert Booth has created a book which can only be described as culinary pornography. It makes me want to rush out to Soho and eat something." Barry Humphries
After Bedales, Cambridge and LAMDA, and a year finding out that he was neither a good nor a successful actor, Robert Booth spent 11 years teaching English as a foreign language in London, France and Italy. He then went into broadcasting, first with BBC Radio 4 and then at Classic FM. In the spring of 1996 he and his family moved to south-west France, where they lived for 7 years. He writes a regular food column for Sussex Living magazine. Apart from Who's on the Menu, Robert has also written Eating the Alphabet, Who's on the Bottle and Words of Food as part of his series of gastronomic gift books, also published by Bene Factum. Previously he wrote Always and Only Venice, a grand compilation of odds and ends, myths, legends, curiosities, facts, and strange and wonderful things about that most magical place. He now lives in Petworth, Sussex.