Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Feed me now

The parlour chez Hale and Hearty is a little cluttered right now, and it's not entirely due to the recent arrival of baby Frank. Emma is coordinating this year's Guild Of Food Writers awards, which means she receives a copy of the relevant materials for every entry – including the submissions for the three best book categories.

It's a weighty survey of the good, the bad and – despite the best efforts of the airbrushers – the ugly of culinary publishing from 2009. And, two days after the first courier arrived, it's taking over the floor. Frank's carry cot is in danger of being walled in.

That's not to say he wouldn't appreciate the sentiment behind some of the titles in his infant eyeline – not least the latest from perma-grinning Aussie Bill Granger, five down from the top. I guess sometimes we can all get on board with that one. Me? I've got an eye on Laura Mason's Good Old-Fashioned Roasts. Even Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights can't compete with that.

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