The Pedant In The Kitchen by Julian Barnes
Published April 18, 2014
- Author Julian Barnes
I love the concept of this, how recipe books are so inexact and open to interpretation that they can sometimes be of no use whatsoever. The book is made up of what I assume is a collection of columns, a handful of stories and anecdotes about trials and tribulations in the kitchen at the hands of various recipe books.
Some of it was more interesting than others, I think I was hoping for more personal cooking stories and perhaps specific recipe breakdowns, whereas there were more general stories and history and things like that. It’s a good balance, it just didn’t quite match what I’d expected from the book. It’s a quick read, not taxing and written well, so overall a good book.