Robert Booth


A Feast of Wit and Wisdom

Bene Factum’s latest resident gastronomic expert, Robert Booth, brings a new collection of Words of… to the table. The latest title offers up the world of food and drink for quotation, calling on the finest chefs, the proudest drinkers, and even those who can barely boil an egg, to talk with their mouths full and proffer their wisdom. Featuring:

  • Sybille Bedford: “All food is the gift of the gods and has something of the miraculous, the egg no less than the truffle.”
  • G.K. Chesterton: “Music with dinner is an insult to both the cook and the violinist.”
  • Harriet Van Horne: “Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”
  • George Bernard Shaw: “I’m only a beer teetotaller, not a champagne teetotaller.”
  • Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin: “Dinners have become a means of government, and the fates of nations are decided at a banquet.”
  • Carl Sagan: “If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
  • Shirley Conran: “Life is too short to stuff a mushroom.”

224 pages

ISBN: 978-1-903071-97-7. Categories: , , .

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 Words of Food, Robert has also written Who’s on the MenuWho’s on the Bottle and Eating the Alphabet 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.

Additional Information

Weight 250 g
Dimensions 185 x 135 x 25 mm


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