"CODA, however, isn’t a rejection of the pseudo snobbery of fine dining, but a diversion from the traditional, tiresome, rolled-out understanding of a savoury-sweet tasting menu."
"Chinese food in Britain was the first popular takeout. Although, these were mostly Cantonese dishes adapted to British tastes, a sort of Chinese-ish and cross-cultural melange"
"The Grand Marquis wine, though, was a disaster. A blend of Sultanine Blanche and Chardonnay, it might have just as well been camel piss and sand"
"I discovered that koshari might have been invented by French settlers in the 19th century as a veggie dish called couches de riz. Other outlets even have the gall to blame the British"
"Venice is also a flirty temptress to the solo idler, the wandering daydreamer and the inquisitive traveller"
"I can’t think of anything more personal and amorous than being cooked breakfast by someone in the Italian countryside; being poured steaming coffee from the mocha pot as plates of smoked cotechino sausage with zabaione and freshly-baked cookies arrive"
"I could see into the kitchen, where militant staff stood behind large, fire-scorched clay vessels filled with rice, stirring"
"Virgilio quite literally cooks Peru. He does not import or imitate. He creates"
"I suppose there is the coca plant, its leaves stripped to produce cocaine, but even coke is mixed with corn-starch these days, or so I am told"
"African cooking and African cuisine is… well, it’s nothing. It doesn’t exist."