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The A-Z of Eating Out

Joseph Connolly

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The bestselling novelist’s frank, witty and indispensable A–Z guide to the many ups and occasional downs of our most popular social activity: eating out

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This wonderfully light-hearted, humorous and anecdotal guide to all aspects of eating out offers a wealth of guidelines, suggestions, top tips, cautions, advice and insider knowledge.

Organized into 146 A–Z entries, each followed by a handy list of related topics, the book is not a restaurant guide but rather a shrewd and in-depth exploration of every facet of eating out – some more familiar than others.

Entries include:
All-you-can-eat buffet, Complaining, Family meals, Going Dutch, Invitations, Liquid lunch, Outdoor eating, Queuing, Star chefs, Tipping, Vegetables, Wine list, X-factor, and many more.

Ideal for the casual diner and the committed gourmet alike!

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'Saucily, and with relish, the etiquette of eating out is explained by an expert who subverts the formalities of foodism and indulges the pleasures of dining'
The Times

'The perfect guide to wine lists, invitations, formal dinners, conversation, chips and champagne, as well as food poisoning, liquid lunch, and solo dining'
Daily Telegraph

'Connolly’s vision remains unforgiving, contemporary, and best of all, irredeemably English'
Sunday Times

'Plenty to savour - this modern overview covers everything from Escoffier to greasy spoons, dress codes to liquid lunches'

'Hilarious … the perfect gift for foodies'

'A gallivant through the culinary alphabet … a fun guide to dining, poking ridicule at laughable pretensions, and packed full of humorous anecdotes … this is a gift suitable for dining beginners to foodie experts - everyone will find witty snippets to amuse and inform'
Edinburgh Foody

'A little gem … witty and indispensable'
My London Lifestyle

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Book Details

Format: Hardback without Jacket

Size: 22.9 x 15.2 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Publication date: 10 February 2014

ISBN: 9780500517369

About the Author

Joseph Connolly is the bestselling author of more than ten novels – including Poor Souls (1995), It Can’t Go On (2000) and England’s Lane (2012) – and numerous works of non-fiction, among them biographies of P. G. Wodehouse and Jerome K. Jerome, and a pioneering guide to the collecting of modern first editions. He is a regular reviewer of restaurants and a dedicated champion of eating out. Connolly was for many years the proprietor of the Flask Bookshop in Hampstead, London.

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