A mulligatawny miscellany: Occasioned by discussion at a colonial dinner prepared by Charmaine O’brien Paul van Reyk (Oct 2017) K.T. Achaya, in his magisterial A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food cites begins his discussion of mulligatawny with this delightful quote from Hobson Jobson Vol 2, (1886): ‘A British prisoner of Hyder Ali in AD 1784 sang mournfully: …

Eating in Berlin

Thanks to Alison Vincent for directing, me, and now you, dear reader, to her terrific blog post on eating in Berlin. A first hand report on currywurst, yes, but much more as she visits the DDR museum and Domklause restaurant attached to it. I would kill for a set of Kost the Ost. 'The Original Ketwurst stand …

“Poor people. Armies. Not enough to eat”: Food Wars in the Dystopian Present in Doris Lessing’s Canopus in Argos: Archives.

A paper presented at the 21st Symposium of Australian Gastronomy, Melbourne 2016 Introduction In The Sirian Experiments, the third novel in the Canopus in Argos: Archives quintet, its narrator Ambien II at one point reflects on the precepts of the Adalantalands, people she has recently encountered: “I was thinking, as I went, about their third …

  DEVELOPING AN APPETITE FOR UTOPIA – REALITY VERSUS THE GOOD FOOD GUIDE OR HOSPITALITY IN THE AGE OF CONSUMERISM Alison Vincent This paper was presented at the 21st Symposium of Australian Gastronomy, Melbourne, December, 2016. It is reprinted in Compost with her permission.  In response to the increasing consumer interest in dining out the Age …