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Allen & Unwin, 2000 - Cookery - 239 pages
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More than 50 deliciously witty stories from one of our funniest and most passionate food writers.

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User Review  - shushokan - LibraryThing

A fabulous collection of essays (or maybe journalistic pieces) devoted to the delights of food. Durack is obviously a man besotted with the tastes and textures of his workplace. Each one (with ... Read full review


Tonights dinner is rated R
Cupboard love
Spread the word
Tabletop dancing
Fishy business
Ice rage
Rest assured
If you cant stand the kitchen
You must give me the recipe
The booth the whole booth and
Why are we waiting?
culture conduct
The champions of breakfast
To the manners born
Bum raps
a survival guide

How to get thrown out of a restaurant
The business of lunch
Feed a fever

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Page 86 - The drink which has come to supply the place of beer has, in general, been tea. It is notorious that tea has no useful strength in it; that it contains nothing nutritious; that it, besides being good for nothing, has badness in it, because it is well known to produce want of sleep in many cases, and in all cases, to shake and weaken the nerves.
Page 11 - ... there are militants, moderates, and people who don't care one way or the other. Everybody but the indifferent group is likely to want to get into the act, sometimes openly and sometimes behind the scenes. Thus in preparing sections of the zoning ordinance relating to signs it is particularly important to know what you are doing and why you are doing it and be able to defend your recommendations.
Page 76 - When the fish is shaken, the shot roll from one end to the other and from one side to the other...
Page x - ... my way every time I tried for a job and to ruin my chances when it was only daily bread that I was asking for. I had noticed very clearly that every time I went hungry a little too long it was as though my brains simply ran quietly out of my head and left me empty. My head became light and floating, I could no longer feel its weight on my shoulders, and I had the sense that my eyes were remaining far too open when I looked at anything. I sat there on the bench and thought about all this, and...
Page xi - The first triggers of hunger involve a delicate balance among nutrient levels in the blood, digestive hormones and a range of substances active in the nervous system. The different parts of the mechanism are galvanised, coordinated and finally translated into signals to the conscious mind.
Page 64 - Mary's bath' was originally an alchemist's term, it soon became 'a utensil used for keeping sauces, soups or mixtures warm so that they can be used later' (Larousse Gastronomique), as well as a method of cooking delicate foods gently and slowly.
Page 93 - Here was proof positive that, properly harnessed, natural human ingenuity and inventiveness could triumph over nature and adversity and make this world a better place in which to live. The scary thing was that my rapture didn't last.

About the author (2000)

Terry Durack's weekly restaurant review in the Sydney Morning Herald is unmissable and makes him the most widely read restaurant critic in Australia. He contributes to several international journals and guides such as Fodor's International and American Food and Wine and wrote a regular column in the Independent on Sunday in London. He is the author of Yum and Noodle, co-author of Hot Food Cool Jazz and Allegro Al Dente (the best selling cookbook and CD combinations) and co-editor of the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide.

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