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Jonathan Meades is a writer, journalist, essayist and film-maker. He is the author of Filthy English, Peter Knows What Dick Likes, Pompey, The Fowler Family Business, Incest and Morris Dancing, Museum Without Walls, and An Encyclopedia of Myself. From 1986-2001 he wrote a weekly column approximately about restaurants in The Times. He has written and performed in many television films, among them Jerry Building, Joe Building, Ben Building, Magnetic North, Off Kilter, The Joy of Essex, Father to the Man and Meades Eats, a three-part series about what the English really consume. Unbound published Pidgin Snaps, a boxette of a hundred of his photos in postcard form. In the spring of 2016 his exhibition Ape Forgets Medication comprised thirty artknacks and treyfs. The Plagiarist in the Kitchen is the only cookbook he will ever write.
May 2017 Food & Drink Book of the Month. Jonathan Meades calls this an anti-cookbook or as you and I might see it a distillation of a lifetime’s cooking. Running alongside this is the question of Chefs and their hallowed “inventions” which are no such thing and mostly best to be ignored by the home cook together with lifestyle bloggers, most nutritional advice and expensive kitchen gadgets. Many digressions on literary and culinary theft, the where and why of these recipes and much else besides. My one cavil are the black and white illustrations which look like photographs of spilled ink or a damaged photographic plate – they gave me an uncomfortable reminder of dreadful gristly school dinners, greasy and inedible, the exact opposite of what is promised in this anti-cookbook. ~ Sue BakerLike for Like ReadingThe Pedant in the Kitchen, Julian BarnesIn Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater’s Manifesto, Michael Pollan £9.99 Paperback 256 pages Penguin 7th May 2009 9780141034720