The Plagiarist in the Kitchen

Jonathan Meades
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Presents a polemical collection of 125 of the author's favourite recipes, each one an example of the fine art of culinary plagiarism. In thsi book, he offers advice such as: why the British never got the hang of garlic; a purist would never dream of putting cheese in a Gratin Dauphinois; and cooking brains in brown butter cannot be improved upon.
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`I adore Meades's book . . . I want more of his rule-breaking irreverence in my kitchen.' New York Times

`The Plagiarist in the Kitchen is hilariously grumpy, muttering at us 'Don't you bastards know anything?' You can read it purely for literary pleasure, but Jonathan Meades makes everything sound so delicious that the non-cook will be moved to cook and the bad cook will cook better.' David Hare, Guardian


The Plagiarist in the Kitchen is an anti-cookbook. Best known as a provocative novelist, journalist and film-maker, Jonathan Meades has also been called `the best amateur chef in the world' by Marco Pierre White. His contention here is that anyone who claims to have invented a dish is delusional, dishonestly contributing to the myth of culinary originality.

Meades delivers a polemical but highly usable collection of 125 of his favourite recipes, each one an example of the fine art of culinary plagiarism. These are dishes and methods he has hijacked, adapted, improved upon and made his own. Without assuming any special knowledge or skill, the book is full of excellent advice. He tells us why the British never got the hang of garlic. That a purist would never dream of putting cheese in a Gratin Dauphinois. That cooking brains in brown butter cannot be improved upon. And why - despite the advice of Martin Scorsese's mother - he insists on frying his meatballs.

Adorned with his own abstract monochrome images (none of which `illustrate' the stolen recipes they accompany), The Plagiarist in the Kitchen is a stylish object, both useful and instructive. In a world dominated by health fads, food vloggers and over-priced kitchen gadgets, it is timely reminder that, when it comes to food, it's almost always better to borrow than to invent.

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ISBN 9781783522408
Publisher Cornerstone
Format Hardback
Pages 176
Publication date 6 April 2017

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