Synopses & Reviews
In 1979, a remarkable culinary congress took place at Richard Olneys kitchen table in London, where he was entertaining Alan and Jane Davidson. Stumped by an edict from his publishers at Time-Life, Olney was looking for an outlet to print a few recipes for later inclusion in his Good Cook series. The idea of a journal took shape, and with the help of Elizabeth David, a remarkable venture began. Sixty-seven issues later, Petits Propos Culinaires is still directing its critical eye at the obscurer corners of the food world. In addition to the formidable trio of Davidson, Olney, and David, such esteemed food writers as Jane Grigson, Claudia Roden, and Charles Perry became regular contributors, ensuring a spirited, erudite discourse with each issue. The Wilder Shores of Gastronomy
is the first-ever anthology of writings from this seminal publication. Hand-selected by Mr. Davidson, the anthology reflects the remarkable breadth of the journal. The arcane (An Experiment in Bronze Age Cooking) rubs shoulders with the practical (Photographers Cheesecake), exotic (Among the Yoruba Mushroom-Eaters), and highly entertaining (The Great Norwegian Porridge Feud). The result is a highly eclectic collection of extraordinary food writing.
Spanning 20 years and including work by many of the worlds most influential food writers, WILDER SHORES is a concise, thoroughly enjoyable introduction to food criticism, a Norton anthology of gastronomica.
"An eclectic feast for food nerds." Kansas City Star
"An always serious, sometimes dense, and often quixotic collection that illustrates the great variety of ways you can talk about food" Epicurious.com
"[A] true example of food writing . . . world-class material. . . . the best writing about what should be everybodys favorite subject." Saveur
"Hicks's article is the first in a new collection of writings from PPC, an anthology which effectively reminds us of the singular delights of this periodical, which has been published for more than two decades, even though it first began almost by accident....PPC
has been almost entirely responsible for the creation of the subject of food history in Britain, yet it does not suffer from the deathly jargon of professional historians and sociologists. PPC
has always combined a charming amateurishness with a love of truth more ferocious than you will find in any academic journal." Bee Wilson, Times Literary Supplement
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An anthology of writings from the food writing publication "Petits Propos Culinaires". Selected by Alan Davidson, the anthology seeks to reflect the breadth of the journal. The contributors include Elizabeth David, Jane Grigson, Richard Olney, Sophie Grigson and Claudia Roden.
Hand-selected by Davidson, this anthology reflects the remarkable breadth of the journal "Petits Propos Culinaires." The arcane rubs shoulders with the practical, exotic, and highly entertaining. The result is a highly eclectic collection of extraordinary food writing.
About the Author
ALAN DAVIDSON is one of the worlds leading authorities on fish and fish cookery. In 1975, he retired from Britain's diplomatic service to pursue a fruitful career as a food historian and writer. Cofounder and editor of the prestigious food journal Petits Propos Culinares, Alan has authored many books, including the award-winning Oxford Companion to Food and NORTH ATLANTIC SEAFOOD, which was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Cookbook Hall of Fame in 2002. He lives with his wife, Jane, in London, England.