‘Food Styling’ by Delores Custer – The Art of Preparing Food for the Camera

Food, to me, isn’t just all about the eating. That is, food is far more complex than just the taste! Food needs to arouse all our senses. The aroma of the food needs to be enticing. So enticing it will make us want to dive right in. Once we have tasted that very first mouthful, the texture and flavour of the food comes into play. Do you like the feel of the food in your mouth and on your tongue? Is it smooth and creamy or is it rough and scratchy on your tongue? And then there are your taste … Continue Reading


Culinary mystery novels.

Alright. I admit it. I have a compulsion! Preoccupation. Obsession. An addiction. I adore reading culinary mystery novels. Well, you already know that I love to read cookbooks but I find these too cumbersome to read in bed. I also find I concerntrate too much when reading cookbooks. I am always thinking: Do I have that ingredient in the fridge or will I make a mental note to buy some in the morning? Not really conducive for sleep, right? However, reading a culinary mystery (or Cozy)  has just the right amount of light-hearted banter for relaxation and sleep inducement. I am … Continue Reading


Reviewing Ruth Reichl

I love the way Ruth Reichl writes. I have pored over all of her books starting with “Garlic and Sapphires” – a humorous memoir of her time as a restaurant critic for The New York Times.  Reichl is adamant she become the voice of everyday people and therefore goes to great lengths to make sure she is treated the same. No preferential treatment allowed. She enlists the help of Claudia Banks, a retired acting coach, to help her create ‘personas’ to disguise the fact that she is a restaurant critic. These ‘personas’ actually have names, outfits, wigs and makeup but … Continue Reading


“The Saucier’s Apprentice” by Bob Spitz

As many of you have become aware, I love to read. I have a pile of books on my bedside table and I read each night before I go to sleep. I tend to go through phases on which genre I might read at any given time. At the moment, I am going through the ‘Culinary Adventure’ genre. This genre is a bit like a novel in that it tells a story. It usually encompasses someone’s journey (maybe a chef or food critic) into the culinary world, notes are taken and then the whole experience put down into book form. They … Continue Reading


Book Review


Never Order Chicken on a Monday by Matthew Evans. Random House ISBN 9781741666960 As I was browsing around the local library one chilly afternoon, I happened upon “Never Order Chicken on  Monday” by Matthew Evans. Having just completed a food writing course with John Newton and being a complete devotee to anything even mentioning food in the title, I pounced on it. From there I found it very difficult to put this book down. I am not sure whether to call the book a novel or an autobiography – as it seems to be a mixture of both. The story traces … Continue Reading

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