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The Gannet's Gastronomic Miscellany

By Killian Fox

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A collection of fascinating, funny and unexpected facts about food and drink from the creators of The Gannet.

A FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017

'This is the first physical manifestation of a much-loved online magazine that is a monument to Fox's obsessions. One for the bedside table.' - FINANCIAL TIMES

'This book is the product of a ludicrously obsessive and greedy mind - it is therefore an utter joy.' - JAY RAYNER

'Your consummate culinary guide' - THE GUARDIAN

'A vital work from a keen mind full to brimming with wonderful thoughts and ideas.' - JEREMY LEE

'The most original, entertaining and downright fascinating book.' - DAVE BROOM



'Exercise caution before you buy this book. In fact, be careful about even flipping it open. You think Instagram is addictive? Ha. This book is as essential and educational as it is delightful and weird, and I need someone to come rescue me immediately because I cannot seem to put the damn thing down.' - JEFF GORDINIER, FOOD & DRINKS EDITOR, ESQUIRE MAGAZINE

'Perfect for the culinarily curious.' - DIANA HENRY

'Going beyond the usual food fixations, the book is presented in a fresh, visually inventive style that will appeal to anyone with even a passing interest in food.' - DARINA ALLEN, IRISH EXAMINER



gannet
noun
1. a large seabird with mainly white plumage, which catches fish by plunging into the water.
2. British informal, a greedy person.

The Gannet's Gastronomic Miscellany goes beyond the usual food fixations. Presented in a fresh, visually inventive style, it will appeal to anyone with a passing interest in food - which, in this gastronomy-obsessed age, is pretty much all of us.

In this compendious hotpot of a book you'll find a guide to creating a hit food profile on Instagram, a cross-section of a tiffin box, an explainer on craft beer, the origin story of Chicken Marengo, a list of millennia-old products that are still edible today (should you be brave enough to try Irish bog butter or Ancient Egyptian honey) and many more delightful nuggets of information.

Biographical Notes

Killian Fox (Author)
Killian Fox grew up in northwest Ireland and lives in London. He is the editor and co-founder of The Gannet, which acts as a conduit for his shameless nosiness about other people's eating habits. A regular contributor to the Observer Food Monthly, he has also written for the Guardian, The Times and the New Statesman, covering music, film, literature, travel and technology as well as food. He'd call himself an omnivore were it not for a lingering fear of boiled eggs.

The Gannet (Author)
Founded in February 2015, The Gannet is an online magazine that explores people's lives through the food they cook and eat. It is based in London but The Gannet team travels widely, seeking out food obsessives in Paris, Sweden, New Orleans, Ireland, Mexico City and beyond. Find out more on Twitter @gannetmag, Instagram @the_gannet and at www.thegannet.com.

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  • ISBN: 9781784723996
  • Publication date: 05 Oct 2017
  • Page count: 192
  • Imprint: Mitchell Beazley

Adam Juniper

Adam Juniper has had a longstanding interest in consumer technology, having written his first gear review for a magazine before he was old enough to drive. He's written and edited dozens of books, especially on photography, drones and now the arrival of the digital assistant. Obviously deep down he is yearning to say "Tea, Earl Grey, Hot" to the computer and be rewarded with the perfect refreshment, but for now he's putting his experience into identifying which of the tidal wave of "smart" gadgets are worth having by living the smart home dream in suburban London.

Alain Coumont

Le Pain Quotidien began in 1990 as an artisan bakery in Belgium and has evolved into more than 170 restaurants worldwide serving delicious, slow-fast food that does you good - all handmade with the best organic and local ingredients. With its communal tables where guests can sit and eat together in a tranquil, rustic environment, Le Pain Quotidien transports its customers to a simpler way of life. Worldwide locations include Belgium, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Russia, Qatar, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Bahrain, India, Japan, the Netherlands and Brazil.

Alannah Moore

Author Alannah Moore leads a double life between Paris and London. When she's not prying into the lives of artists or kitchen-table business owners, she might be found cracking open a bottle of Menetou-Salon, rustling up an Indonesian curry or strolling leisurely along the Seine with her Cavalier King Charles. She discovered her skills for talent spotting when researching the world's best web designers for her first book Create Your Own Website Using WordPress in a Weekend. Alannah's website is at www.alannahmoore.com

Amber Butchart

Amber Butchart is a BBC television and radio presenter, and an associate lecturer at London College of Fashion.Her series A Stitch in Time aired on BBC4, exploring the stories behind the clothes worn by some of the most fascinating figures in history. She presented From Rags to Riches for BBC Radio 4 and Civilisations Stories for BBC One.She is the author of four previous books, Fashion Illustration in Britain, The Fashion of Film, Nautical Chic and Amber Jane Butchart's Fashion Miscellany.

Amber Locke

Amber Locke is based in Derbyshire and runs her fruit and veg-based design business from her studio at home. She offers a bespoke commercial design service and also sells a range of her designs as limited edition prints online at www.ambaliving.com. Part of the 'fresh talent' team on Jamie Oliver's Food Tube, Amber recently held her first exhibition at the gallery in the Anthropologie store on London's Kings Road and held live design demonstrations in the store and at Whole Foods in High Street Kensington. Find out more about Amber at instagram.com/rawveganblonde, on Twitter at @rawveganblonde and at www.ambaliving.com.

Amy Drucker

Real Life mum of two and professional family photographer, Amy Drucker is known for her "emotional and authentic" style. As well as delivering work for her clients, she is a contributor at massive photographer's site "Clickin' Moms," and has been featured in Click Magazine.

Andrew Wong

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Andy Tuohy

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Anna del Conte

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Arthur Potts Dawson

Arthur Potts Dawson is passionate about good food, eating well and making the most of what's fresh, local and seasonal. He was trained by the Roux brothers, Rowley Leigh and Pierre Koffmann. He went on to be head chef for Ruth Rogers & Rose Gray at the River Café, the Soho House Group at Cecconi's, Jamie Oliver at Fifteen and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall at River Cottage HQ. He founded London eco-restaurants Acorn House and Water House for the Shoreditch Trust, and the annual Mrs Paisley's Lashings pop-ups with Jo Wood.Arthur has appeared on the BBC's Market Kitchen on numerous occasions, had his own show in C4's latest Food Fight season alongside Gordon, Jamie,Hugh and Heston, and was featured on C4's The People's Supermarket documentary this Spring. Arthur lives in London and Somerset with his partner and two children, and he's working on his next restaurant.

Becky Johnson

Becky Johnson trained and worked as a chef at the renowned Villandry in London and Ballymaloe House in Southern Ireland before embarking on a two year adventure of culinary discovery through Asia, Australia and America. Since then she has worked as a food stylist and writer with 14 recipe books to her name.Becky now lives in the wilds of Snowdonia where she has developed the ideas for Baking with Tiny Tots with a lot of enthusiastic help from her seven-year-old daughter, Summer.

Bernard Hinault

Isabel Best is a British writer living in Paris. She writes on French sport, food, culture and fashion and regularly contributes to the Financial Times, Procycling, Elle and the Independent on Sunday.

Bev Speight

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Bob Purnell

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Cara Frost-Sharratt

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Caroline Taggart

Caroline Taggart was born in London of Scottish parents, spent most of her childhood in New Zealand and went to university in Sheffield. Confused for some time, she now thinks of herself as a Londoner, but continues to change allegiance whenever it suits her, particularly during the rugby season. Having worked in publishing for 11 years, she gave up a perfectly respectable job to become a freelance editor in 1989. Since then she has worked bizarre hours, gone out to lunch a lot and indulged her lifelong dislike of getting up in the morning.

Chas Newkey-Burden

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Chris Honor

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Claire Ptak

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