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Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  540 ratings  ·  49 reviews
From the author of the international bestseller Schott's Original Miscellany, the new collection of vital irrelevance and uncommon knowledge from the worlds of food and drink.
The eponymous foods, famous last meals, and perfect martini proportions revealed in the bestselling Schott's Original Miscellany were only the tip of the iceberg: Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany i
Hardcover, 159 pages
Published August 21st 2004 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 2003)
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Jul 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The second book of Miscellany (after Schott's Original Miscellany), this one focuses on food and drink (obviously), throughout the ages and across the world. Includes everything from cocktail mixes to gout, the history of popcorn and breakfast quotations. Hilarious, informative and fascinating. ...more
Jul 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Slim volume on all sorts of food esoterica. Was especially intrigued reading about the "Bristol Stool Form Chart."

For hard core foodies only.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
If you like cooking and have a sense of curiosity, this is the book for you. On the first page, we find short write-ups on equine savouries, saffron, formal meal times, and smoke-rings. On the second, there’s popcorn, gourmands and indigestion, and Melba toast. And here are also drinking cheers from Afrikaans to Welsh, “brimmers, bumpers, buzzes, back-handers, & bishops”, tea grading nomenclature, films featuring cannibalism, breakfast quotations, diagrams for measuring spaghetti servings, a lis ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- wildly eclectic collection of miscellaneous cooking information/history: how to cook a swan (and why it's illegal), how Hemingway liked his Martinis, why asparagus makes your urine smell funny, how to read tea leaves and blow smoke rings, how to raise a toast in Romanian, napkin folding techniques, pasta shapes, death row convicts' last meal menus
- the five tastes: Salt, Sour, Bitter, Sweet, and Umami (globally recognized in only the last ten years or so, as the 'savoury' or 'meaty' taste sens
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
perfect bogside reading matter, full of interesting facts.
Aug 27, 2021 rated it liked it
A droll compendium of whatever Ben Schott felt was interesting or amusing about food and drink. I question the need to know the Thai words for food measurements, or the entire dopey jingle of Burns's haggis poem, but it is easy to skip over entries that are too twee.
Read as bedtime reading, for which it was excellent. Short entries, some amusing and others worth knowing, sort of.
I will remember to keep it on hand to look up stuff that might come up in conversations.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a fun collection of trivia, with lots of historical anecdotes. I agree with one of the other reviewers that it is perfect for "bathroom" reading. Great to digest a page at a time. ...more
Just like the "first" book, this one is so great!! The reader learns so many things!
Warning: I felt disgust reading some articles like on horse meat or things like that.
Nicholas Ball
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ben Schott does it again. Bizarre, fascinating, eclectic - everything a miscellany should be. Amish seating conventions, Mr Burns' breakfast, the fate of the poor orlotan, it's all here.. ...more
Francis Ridgeon
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting tidbits. Some history and opinions
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing

A fun little book stuffed full of all sorts of random food and drink based facts and figures.
Jan 30, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Perfect amount of random knowledge on food.
audio-some of the voices annoyed me, especially since they were from main characters, Jake and Suzanne.
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book explicitly claims not to be practical (In case you didn't get that implication from the title.)

It's a charming little gift book. I got mine from my friend Elyse, who happens to be particularly good at picking out gift books. But why would one want a book filled with random facts about and quotes regarding food and its history?

Because then you can know about Russian doll roasts (think turducken). You could begin preparing one of these dishes by stuffing a clove and a caper into an oliv
This is a book where you read only bits and pieces at a time, which makes it the perfect book for the bathroom.
I skipped some entries, but overall it was quite interesting. I'm just not sure how much of it I will remember.
I was really impressed by one recipe, where you put more than 10 different birds (dead but uncooked) into one another (from very small to larger than a turkey) like little russian babushkas and then put it into the oven for a very very long time. I'm also wondering who really w
Mar 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Oh what a glorious book! Now I shall finally find out the 10 characteristics a perfect cheese must have (crass American that I am, I was just going by taste), what was eaten on JFK's 45th birthday (May 19, 1962- 42 years ago, next week), and why asparagus leaves that distinctive odor when we- umm...use the loo.

Sent to me by Netstation.
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
A book "of vital irrelavance" dealing with all things ingested. With an attached ribbon it's an easy to mark a page for a moments amusement or to regale friends and family with culinary minutia. A kind of believe it or not for grown ups.
Sep 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Great little book filled with drips and drabs of miscellaneous food related trivia. I enjoyed being able to read this in bits and pieces over the course of six months. A fun collection of both historical and current food related odds and ends.
Mar 27, 2007 rated it liked it
Trivia...about food! It's like he wrote it just for me. ...more
Houari Sabirin
Jul 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
quite so damn pretty good book to know the other side of what we are facing of everyday... ^^
Sep 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the 'Original Miscellany', at least for those who tend toward the epicurean. ...more
Cannonhistory Potter
Just one of those books that you can pick up and put down anytime and still get something out of it...even if it's just some silly anecdote
Apr 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-books
Random facts about food, wine, eating and drinking. I love a list, and there are plenty of those in here. I learned some stuff and laughed a lot. Right up my alley.
Jun 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Read this in a tent cabin in yosemite and now every time someone tells me a random fact I get a sense memory of pine tree smells. Also, it was so interesting and good.
Aug 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Same review as the other Schott's. The information about the ortolan has stuck with me. ...more
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love this fun little book with random facts about food and drink. Here's one: the flesh of the tapir is said to taste like beef. ...more
Good bathroom reading. Interesting facts. The first book in the series was better, but this was ok.
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
what an interesting compilation of everything food and drink... great late night read
Jul 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Lots of interesting little tidbits of info like how zoo animals were cooked and eaten during the siege of Paris in the 1870's; or how to drink absinthe. ...more
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: culture
Fascinating compendium of facts...
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