5 July 2018

Summer Cookbooks

Bookshelf

Christopher Hirst explores a few literary fruits from the sunny season The Book of Ices by Mrs A.B.Marshall Mrs Marshall (1855-1905) was the Nigella of her day. This slender but still-useful work of 1885 will tempt modern ice-cream addicts with such fashionable temptations as sorbet of apricots, cucumber ice-cream and rose-water ice. Nesselrode Pudding on […]

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Bread & Oysters is an online magazine featuring news, views and mus(ings) from the world of food, past, present and future. It is run by freelance food journalists Christopher Hirst, Carolyn Hart and Emma Hagestadt, find out more about them below...

 

22 June 2018

Waverley Root recalls the perfect Parisian bistro

Hirst's Notes

The American writer Waverley Root (1903-1982) is best known for his authoritative work The Food of France. His posthumously published memoir The Paris Edition, covering his spell as an expat journalist during the inter-war years, takes a more unbuttoned and humorous approach. His account of Gillotte’s, a local dining haunt on the Right Bank, describes a bistro […]


20 June 2018

How a Matriarch Produced Marvels with Moss

Recipes

Myrtle Allen, described in the Irish Times as ‘the matriarch of modern Irish cuisine’, died on 13 June at the age of 94. Christopher Hirst recalls how she introduced him to a memorable dessert that enshrined her culinary watchwords – ‘local, seasonal, organic, flavoursome, sustainable and superbly cooked’ My first visit to Ballymaloe House was […]


16 June 2018

Crunch time favourite

Bookshelf

Foie gras? Sure, it tastes quite good. Horrible way to make a snack, but it does melt on the tongue. Lobster? Fine, but fiddly. Truffles? Well, yes, they’re Ok, when they’re grated and sprinkled over home-made pasta, but only if there’s plenty of parmesan. According to writer and broadcaster Christina Patterson, there are times when […]

 

About Bread & Oysters

The Food Writer's Cooperative is an online magazine featuring news, views and mus(ings) from the world of food, past, present and future. It is run by freelance food journalists Christopher Hirst, Carolyn Hart & Emma Hagestadt, find out more about them below...