As Lesley Blanch says in her introduction to a later edition ‘benign fate whisked me elsewhere to follow less restricted ways, travelling widely and eating wildly’.
She said: ‘I don’t belong in England, I don’t belong anywhere, it is rather restful – I have met everybody and known nobody’. Seductive and piquant like its author, this is ‘an appetizer for enthusiastic beginners’ rather than a basic cookbook. Lesley Blanch’s gastronomic world tour includes eighty recipes each prefaced by an account of where they were first tasted, or with some amusing anecdote.
‘A kind of sensuous travelogue presented through the vicarious medium of food, a guide to cooking as an expression of the indigenous imagination.’ Richard Mabey
I slipped into the world of Lesley Blanch’s swashbuckling cookbook, Round the World in Eighty Dishes (1955), before I’d even heard of it. It was the early ’60s, and I was on my first visit to...Read more