By Mark Kurlansky
Mark Kurlansky, bestselling writer of Salt and Cod, serves up a smorgasbord of nutrients writing during the a long time, from Plato to Louis Prima
Choice Cuts bargains greater than 200 mouth-watering decisions, together with Brillat-Savarin on chocolate; Waverley Root on tarts; M. F. okay. Fish on gingerbread; Pablo Neruda on French fries; Alexandre Dumas on espresso; and an unlimited kind via Escoffier, Elizabeth David, A. J. Liebling, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Dickens, Balzac, Chekhov, Orwell, and Alice B. Toklas, between others. stuffed all through with recipes, menus, vintage photos, and Kurlansky’s personal unique drawings, Choice Cuts is a must have for any severe lover of food.
“The such a lot outrageously wide, gregarious meals writing anthology.” –Saveur
Mark Kurlansky is the writer of many books together with Salt, The Basque background of the World, 1968, and The giant Oyster. His latest publication is Birdseye.
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