The Compendium of Nosh is all about the weird and wonderful things we put in our mouths. From A through to Z it gives wickedly funny, informative insights into foods, flavours, produce, etiquettes and observances. With it you'll know your Baked Alaska from your Blueberry Grunt, your Capiscums from Cardoons, even your Fadge from your Fufu. You can discover the odd hobbies of J.H.Kellogg, the cornflake king, or the plutocratic origins of baked beans and why coffee and tea have caused wars, revolutions, and draconian punishments in every continent. Besides informing in abundance, The Compendium is wickedly funny and liberally peppered with the author's prejudices. Jack McLean is opinionated, idiosyncratic and -- like his best-loved food -- completely unreconstructed. The Compendium of Nosh is an extraordinary confection and a must-have for foodies.
Jack McLean has been a writer, broadcaster and award-winning columnist for three decades. He has also been an art teacher, illustrator, copy-writer, musician and restaurateur. His interest in food streches back to his days as a waiter, barman and commis chef. For some time he wrote an acclaimed column 'Table For One' for the Herald. He has written six books. \n \nHe now lives in his native Glasgow, where he is famed among the journalist cogniscienti as 'The Urban Voltaire'.