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The Pedant In The Kitchen

ISBN 
9781782390947
Format 
Paperback
Recommended Price 
R205.00
Published 
January 2014
About the book: 
The Pedant's ambition is simple. He wants to cook tasty, nutritious food; he wants not to poison his friends; and he wants to expand, slowly and with pleasure, his culinary repertoire. A stern critic of himself and others, he knows he is never going to invent his own recipes (although he might, in a burst of enthusiasm, increase the quantity of a favourite ingredient). Rather, he is a recipe-bound follower of the instructions of others.It is in his interrogations of these recipes, and of those who create them, that the Pedant's true pedantry emerges. How big, exactly, is a 'lump'? Is a 'slug' larger than a 'gout'? When does a 'drizzle' become a downpour? And what is the difference between slicing and chopping?This book is a witty and practical account of Julian Barnes' search for gastronomic precision. It is a quest that leaves him seduced by Jane Grigson, infuriated by Nigel Slater, and reassured by Mrs Beeton's Victorian virtues. The Pedant in the Kitchen is perfect comfort for anyone who has ever been defeated by a cookbook and is something that none of Julian Barnes' legion of admirers will want to miss.
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About the Author

Julian Barnes is the author of thirteen novels, including The Sense of an Ending,  which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and The Noise of Time.  He has also written three books of short stories, four collections of essays and two books of non-fiction, Nothing to be Frightened Of  and the Sunday Times  number one bestseller Levels of Life.  In 2017 he was awarded the Légion d'honneur.