Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 5 images

The Oxford Companion to Food and The Oxford Companion to Wine Set: 2 Volume Set Hardcover – Jan 2 2009

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Hardcover, Jan 2 2009
CDN$ 999.11 CDN$ 250.00

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
click to open popover

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1747 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 Pck edition (Jan. 2 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195372123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195372120
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 9.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #861,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

Product Description


"This is a must-have book for wine geeks...highly recommended for anyone with more than a passing interest in wine." --Wine Spectator , "Top 100" issue

"A food book for all time... The canon of great food literature just got one fat volume greater... A must-have for any serious food follower" --Gourmet

About the Author

Alan Davidson is a distinguished author and publisher, and one of the world's best-known writers on fish and fish cookery. In 1975 he retired from the Diplomatic Service - after serving in, amongst other places, Washington, Egypt, Tunisia, and Vientiane, where he was British Ambassador - to pursue a fruitful second career as food historian and food writer extraordinaire. With his wife Jane, he co-founded the food history journal PPC (Petit Propos Culinaires) and with Dr Theodore Zeldin co-founded the annual Oxford Food Symposia, based in St Antony's College, Oxford. He is currently also Managing Director of Prospect Books Limited, the Chelsea-based publishing house specializing in food history and recipe books.

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet on Amazon.ca
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: HASH(0xa08353bc) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f0cb0cc) out of 5 stars Everything you want to know and more: The Oxford Companion to Food and The Oxford Companion to Wine 2-volume set review Dec 25 2008
By LT Beasimer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this set as a Gold Box Deal for a great price. As a Chef, I enjoy cookbooks and culinary reference books. When I saw the James Beard Foundation recommendation, I knew this had to be a quality purchase. Now that I have had a chance to look through the pages, I am glad I snagged this deal.

Each volume is formatted the same way, and reminds me of the Larousse Gastronomique. These are basically culinary encyclopedias including types of food/wine, history, regions, and terminology. However unlike the Larousse Gastronomique there are no recipes.

In an age where books are being digitized, I can see where this set may benefit from a digital format. However, the terms are listed alphabetically so finding a subject is pretty simple. The content is written in an easy to read manner. Each entry provides interesting details, and is in-depth where it should. The amount of knowledge between the covers exceeds my expectations.

If you are a culinary student, a professional, or just a foodie, this set has something to offer. The amount of knowledge in this set is from trusted sources and recommended by many in the culinary field. They may seem expensive, but for anyone that will use them it is well worth the expense.

Easy to read
Full of details

None I can think of
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0cf66f0) out of 5 stars A Reference Book which F&B Attendent Must Have Dec 12 2009
By Mak Weng Ian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm working in the F&B industry and find these books very useful to me.

I can always refer to the book for every termination that I dont know. They are written in detail and in depth and easy to understand. and it is very user friendly since i just check the word that I dont know in alphebetic order.

I have bought 9 sets for my friends working in kitchen and restaurant and they find it useful too. I highly recommand you to buy!
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f0c8d80) out of 5 stars An amazing set of books for all wine lovers and foodies! Dec 6 2008
By Ms. Readsalot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
These two books, written by two world renowned experts, have an amazing collection of information about all things wine and all things food. They are beautifully produced books and you can't go wrong at this price! Jancis Robinson has a fantastic amount of knowledge about wines, and no other book covers wine in this way. And the Companion to Food, which was originally written by Alan Davidson, is a true companion to pick up anytime you want to know the history of a spice, a fruit, anything you can think of. And it has character, it's written in a very entertaining way! Highly recommended.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f07d18c) out of 5 stars A lot of enjoyable reading! Dec 13 2008
By Peggy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just received my gold box special-what beautiful hefty books! Granted I have only perused each, but plan on taking the food book w/ me to read while visiting my Dad at Christmas. I have watched J. Robinson's DVD (available at Netflix) and own a couple of her wine books, so I am familiar w/ her style which obviously I enjoy. This set has decreased in price quite a bit since the beginning of the week. I compared w/ B&N (have gift card to use), but AMZN by far had the best deal, even at today's price, it is $20 less than B&N, plus FS!