Byron. Punctuated by extracts from his poems and letters. the writings of his friends and Paterson's notes. the book provides a taste of history. including a chapter on Byron‘s eating habits. Byron found women and food an unacceptable combination: ‘Women should never be seen eating unless it be lobster salad and champagne.‘ The book also contains all the appropriate recipes for the banquet which ends Byron‘s greatest poem. Don Juan.

I World of Herbs Lesley Bremness (A Channel Four Book £5.95) Complementing the recent Channel Four series. World ofHerbs makes a thorough investigation into the herb-world. covering remedies. beauty products. decorative ideas and recipes. Essentially a reference book. it suffers from being a mite plain and uninviting. There are. however. enough useful facts and recipes. including formulas for home-made skin creams and hair dye. making it a useful publication to have on your book shelf.

I Sweets Without Sinning Gwyneth Dover (Sidgwick & Jackson £6.99). The author began her researches into healthy puddings after her husband nearly died of heart disease: this consists of 1()() of her own dessert recipes. many ofthem based on fresh fruit. all of them avoiding sugar. The dishes have strange names such as Mesopotamia and Mrs Miniver. and look good as well as mostly weighing in around the 5()-calorie mark.

I The Microwave Maestro Kevin Woodford (BBC Books £4.99). As well as giving useful information on the basics of microwave cooking. Woodford gives over 100 recipes. many of them demonstrated by the author on Granada TV‘s This Morning. Woodford is a convert to the microwave. although he believes that it should be only one of the tools ofthe kitchen. Recipes include standards such as lasagne. along with more complicated dishes such as paupiettes ofsole in oakvat cider.

I Evening Times Guide to Eating Out in Glasgow David Phillips (Richard Drew £2.99) By pouncing unannounced on some 110 establishments ofglobal origin. cafe to cordon bleu. Phillips has produced a kind of bird‘s-eye view. the criteria being the total experience: food. surroundings. service. price. atmosphere.

With a geographically sectioned main text. the indices are based alphabetically and on types offood served and proximity to major entertainment and art venues provide further salvation and salivation for the frustrated foodie.

Under each main entry comes a general overview followed by info on opening hours. cost. nearest underground and. admirably. information on access for the disabled. forms of payment accepted. service charges and whether or not the social deviants amongst us are allowed a post-prandial fag.

(Susan Mackenzie)


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