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Bedside Companion for Food Lovers: An Anthology of Food Delights for Every Night of the Year

A mouthwatering anthology of food in literature, encompassing fiction and non-fiction, prose and poetry, and even a smattering of recipes, with one piquant extract for every night of the year.

This absorbing book is a literary feast for every food lover—and who isn’t?

You’ll discover a wealth of foodie extracts from around the world and throughout the centuries, from marchpane and posset in Shakespeare to Nigella Lawson on how much cheese to buy for a dinner party. It includes literary greats like Charles Dickens, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Maya Angelou; stellar food writers such as Elizabeth David, Madhur Jaffrey, and Anthony Bourdain; and some intriguing curiosities such as the surreal recipes in 1932’s Futurist Cookbook. And, of course, Mrs. Beeton makes an appearance. Also on the menu are:

  • Delicious baked apples in Jane Austen’s Emma
  • Ingenious wartime solutions in MFK Fisher’s How to Cook a Wolf
  • The joys of Caribbean cooking in Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners
  • Lashings of ginger beer for Enid Blyton’s Famous Five

and much, much more. Keep this delectable book by your bedside and savor a whole world of delicious food writing every night of the year—and it also makes the perfect gift for the foodie in your life!

About The Author

Jane McMorland Hunter is a passionate lover of the written word who works at Hatchards bookshop when not writing. She has written and edited several books, including Ode to London, Favourite Poems of England, A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year, Friends: A Poem for Every Day of the Year, and A Nature Poem for Every Night of the Year. She lives in London.

  • Publish Date: October 24, 2023
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Cooking - Essays & Narratives
  • Publisher: Batsford
  • Trim Size: 6 x 9-1/4
  • Pages: 384
  • US Price: $29.95
  • CDN Price: $40.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-84994-796-1

Author Bookshelf: Jane McMorland Hunter