Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany

by Ben Schott | Cooking, Food & Wine |
ISBN: 0747566542 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Semioticghost of Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on 1/7/2008
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Semioticghost from Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Monday, January 07, 2008
a delightful little volume of exactly what it says on the tin, interesting facts and factoids, mouth-watering anecdotes and odd trivia

Journal Entry 2 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, January 12, 2008
This was successfully 'pushed' by SemioticGhost at today's Ipswich meet-up. I dipped in and was delighted by miscellany on reading tea leaves, and a zoo-based menu from the seige of Paris in 1870; including Le chat flanque de rats (Cat garnished with rats!)

Thanks Est ;)

Journal Entry 3 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, January 31, 2008
As SG says, a cornucopia of facts, lists, quotes and anecdotes, some completely useless, others fascinating, about what we put into our bodies and in one case what comes out! (the Bristol Stool Form Chart)

Here are some examples that I have gleaned, hopefully they will stick in my head to entertain dinner party guests ;)

- The name for the recently ‘discovered’ 5th taste, the savoury Soy Sauce/MSG Umami,
- The explanation of why Pimm’s ‘No.1’ Cup; James Pimm invented 5 other concoctions based on different spirits, although only gin has stood the test of time,
- A new word for constipation, ‘costiveness’,
- The Arabic word for their creation of crystallised sugar (caramel), Qandi, used as a depilatory in harems,
- A brilliant quote from the inveterate drinker Jeffrey Berhard, on hangovers, “The wrath of grapes”,
- Rosemary, culturally linked with Christmas, Jesus, and the Virgin Mary, is said to grow best, ‘where the mistress is master’!,
- President Mitterand eating an ortolan as an illicit last meal, and how the tiny birds are traditionally prepared and eaten, including, ‘...after the heads have been cut or bitten off, ortolans are eaten whole (bones and all)’. Nice.

Thanks for sharing. Now available to pass on...

Journal Entry 4 by BookGroupMan at Caffe Nero IP1 book-crossing zone in Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (2/9/2008 UTC) at Caffe Nero IP1 book-crossing zone in Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom

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Taking along to the Ipswich meet-up to share or help to stock the OBCZ shelves.

If you find this book, please write a journal, and enjoy :)

Journal Entry 5 by Gooner from March, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Saturday, February 09, 2008
I picked this one up from the table at the OBCZ. Thanks to SemioticGhost and BookGroupMan. It was good to see you both again, as well as all the rest of the meeter-uppers ...

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