Monday, 19 September 2011

A sparkling review of Champagne by Becky Sue Epstein

"This short volume, wittily illustrated and beautifully designed, is a pleasure both to look at and to consume. Which, given the subject matter, seems fitting." ––The Spectator

Full review here.

Sunday, 11 September 2011


'Embellished with clever illustrations and a nice selection of historical and contemporary recipes . . . [an] outstanding series of food volumes.' – Wall Street Journal

'Each of these condensed reads is stuffed with irreverent facts, anecdotes and evidence of wide-ranging research.' – The Scotsman

'The Edible series of books are full of fascinating facts but are almost small enough to squeeze into a Christmas stocking.' – Delicious

'Spend your book tokens on Reaktion Books's little collectables for couch potatoes, discreetly yellow-jacketed, entertainingly illustrated hardbacks on a single theme written by serious scholar-cooks. All are subtitled A Global History, a promise which at £9.99 for 150 pages of impeccably researched sweet reason, they indeed fulfill'
– Elizabeth Luard, The Oldie

'The Edible series of little yellow hardbacks has established itself as the backbone of the food history section. They are well-researched and illustrated with a pleasing balance of anecdote and serious history.' – The Bookseller

'Each book in the "Edible Series" describes a food or drink — its history, how it has evolved and how it has figured in various cultures across civilization. Twenty-eight of these little butter-cream-colored gems are in the works; 11 so far have been published. Printed on heavy, rich stock with drawings and color photos, they are an appetizing bunch.'
Los Angeles Times

Friday, 9 September 2011