Cook's Alphabet of Quotations

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Few subjects have fascinated the great minds of history, literature, and of course gastronomy, more than the preparation and enjoyment of food. In this delectable cornucopia of quotations, Maria Polushkin Robbins proves once and for all that food is more than mere sustenance - it's inspiration. A motley group of wits and other opinionated personalities, including Ernest Hemingway, Nora Ephron, Robert Frost, Queen Victoria, Julia Child, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Baudelaire, James Joyce, Lewis Carroll, Bette Davis, ...
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Few subjects have fascinated the great minds of history, literature, and of course gastronomy, more than the preparation and enjoyment of food. In this delectable cornucopia of quotations, Maria Polushkin Robbins proves once and for all that food is more than mere sustenance - it's inspiration. A motley group of wits and other opinionated personalities, including Ernest Hemingway, Nora Ephron, Robert Frost, Queen Victoria, Julia Child, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Baudelaire, James Joyce, Lewis Carroll, Bette Davis, and Vladimir Nabokov, all reveal their honest thoughts on one of life's most elementary pleasures. From "Airline Food" to "Zakuski," you can browse through the alphabetically arranged subjects for insights from food experts, food lovers, fellow cooks, and social commentators of every persuasion. Illustrated with charming line drawings, this collection will delight all who create and partake of gourmet comestibles or just plain fare.
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``When the valves were pried apart, the rich clam liquor dribbled out. The flesh of the cherries was a delicate pink. . . . Fresh from the coal-black mud and uncontaminated by ketchup or sauce, they were the best clams I have ever eaten.'' A good portion of the entries in Robbins's concordance of gastronomy are sensuous reminiscences, like the above by Joseph Mitchell. More common are pithy epigrams rendering advice such as ``Carve a ham as if you were shaving the face of a friend'' Henri Charpentier. The ingenuous ``Isn't there any other part of the matzo you can eat?'' is attributed to Marilyn Monroe. Already put through two editions as The Cook's Quotation Book , this expanded work ranges among 87 headings alphabetized under the initial letters of phrases under D, with others, is ``Digestion and Indigestion''. No attribution other than the author's name is given for most citations, perhaps on the assumption that food provides its own context. A range of opinions, almost amounting to polemic in some cases, contributes a dramatic touch for the food lovers who thumb this volume. Oct.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780880015738
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: First Ecco Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 1.04 (d)

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