The Oxford Companion to Food and The Oxford Companion to Wine Set: 2 Volume Set Hardcover – Jan 2 2009
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"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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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
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None I can think of
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!
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