After Bedales, Cambridge and LAMDA, and a year finding out that he was neither a good nor a successful actor, Robert Booth spent 11 years teaching English as a foreign language in London, France and Italy. He then went into broadcasting, first with BBC Radio 4 and then at Classic FM. In the spring of 1996 he and his family moved to south-west France, where they lived for 7 years. He writes a regular food column for Sussex Living magazine. Apart from Eating the Alphabet, Robert has also written Who’s on the Menu, Who’s on the Bottle and Words of Food as part of his series of gastronomic gift books, also published by Bene Factum. Previously he wrote Always and Only Venice, a grand compilation of odds and ends, myths, legends, curiosities, facts, and strange and wonderful things about that most magical place. He now lives in Petworth, Sussex.
EATING THE ALPHABET
An A–Z of curiosities from the world of food
From A–Z (as is customary), Eating the Alphabet is a dictionary of the essential and the ridiculous relating to all things food and drink. People and inventions, recipes and their origins, vegetables and fine wines; all are served up and dissected to reveal the curiosities that we swallow up every day.
The first Indian restaurant in London? What Balzac ate for dinner? Who invented the tin-opener? And was it kinky when the Prince of Wales (later George IV) said he preferred ‘mutton dressed as lamb’? Robert Booth’s wondrously eccentric Eating the Alphabet contains the diverting and wacky answers, plus a hundred other things both you and I didn’t know about the subjects of food and drink.”
Paul Levy, author, journalist and original ‘foodie’