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A Serious Table

Christopher Driver, 2 September 1982

Simple French Food 
by Richard Olney.
Jill Norman and Hobhouse, 339 pp., £7.95, October 1981, 0 906908 22 1
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Living off nature 
by Judy Urquhart.
Penguin, 396 pp., £5.95, May 1982, 0 14 005107 4
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The Food and Cooking of Russia 
by Lesley Chamberlain.
Allen Lane, 330 pp., £9.95, June 1982, 0 7139 1468 8
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Food, Wine and Friends 
by Robert Carrier.
Sphere, 197 pp., £6.95, October 1981, 0 7221 2295 0
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The Colour Book of Fast Food 
edited by Alison Kerr.
Octopus, 77 pp., £1.99, June 1981, 0 7064 1510 8
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... this was the flashiest a cookery book could be, every week there is another flash in the pan: say, Alison Kerr’s The Colour Book of Fast Food. The implicit message of this genre is that if the education your country has given you has left you without the money, wit, technique or inclination to chop with Olney, boil mallow roots with Urquhart, or smooch ...

The Tower

Andrew O’Hagan, 7 June 2018

... the trees below were green; people came and went from the new leisure centre.At 4 p.m. that day, Alison Moses got home to her flat on the fourth floor, flat number 11. She’d gone to the bank to get money out for her daughter and then the two of them had gone to pick up Alison’s grandson from school. ...

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