Good Reading : October 2009
8 goodreading ı OCTOBER 2009 me my shelf i matt preston MasterChef judge and World’s Best Food Journalist 2008, MATT PRESTON tells us what’s on his shelf. What are you reading now, and why? uon Appetito,Your Holiness by Mariangela Rinaldi and Mariangela Vicini is an obvious hoice for me as I love food, I love history and adore the colour purple. The 15th-century ecipes targeted specifically for 'kings', 'nobles' nd 'panderers and harlots, etc' who attended ope Martin V's court in Avignon are specially funny. ● Who are your favourite authors? So many ... Bill Bryson, P J O'Rourke, M F K Fisher, Jared Diamond, Mark Kurlansky, Nik Cohn, Ian ones, Alan Moore, Cherry Ripe, Ar mistead Maupin, Anais Nin, John Fante -- I am rying to appear cool. ● Which books have had e most influence on our life choices? S Lewis's 'Nar nia hronicles', the works of unter S Thompson, Steven Runciman's three-volume History of the Crusades' and Harold McGee's On Food nd Cookery. ● Which author would you ost like to meet and why? y great, great, great, great, eat, great, great grandmother. ve a few queries about a couple of he recipes in her handwritten, 1765 eceipt book' that has been handed own to me. If not her then perhaps Roman gour mand Apicius. ● What are some books that have made you laugh out loud? Bill Bryson's Neither Here nor There, Kate Fox's Watching the English. Is there a well-known book ou never finished or did ot enjoy? im Winton's The Riders. When you were a child what d you enjoy reading? order: the 'Narnia Chronicles', apt W E Johns's 'Biggles' ovels, the 'Hornblower' series, mes Fennimore Cooper's Last of the Mohicans and finally 2000AD and Ed McBain novels. It seems like 'honour, with manner and some violence' was long-running theme. Favourite cookbook author, and why? mpossible to split Margaret Fulton, Donna Hay,Valli ttle, Marcella Hazan and Rose Gray (from The River Café) because their recipes are properly tested, ctually work and also taste fab. Have you ever bought a cookbook just to ook at the pictures? Yup ... but these are usually written in either apanese or Chinese!!! ● Where are most of the books in your home? n my study, or in the family room. How are the books on your shelves rganised -- or aren't they? hey are roughly split into the following ategories: recipes, food history, food research, ine, reference books, autobiography/biography, ash, graphic novels. The pile beside the bed is n ever-growing mix of these. ● When do you do most of your reading? n bed at night or by the fire, after the kids have gone to bed or on the plane tootling around Australia in my job as a senior editor with delicious magazine and Vogue Entertaining + Travel. ● Where is your favourite place to read? Curled up on crisp white linen, in a pool of inter sunlight, by a crackling fire with a cup tea and a chocolate digestive, on a lounger the sun ... basically anywhere when the hildren are otherwise occupied. Do you have a favourite bookshop? or food books it's Hill of ontent in Melbour ne's CBD or Books for Cooks in itzroy but basically I'm in ove with anywhere that ranges Cravat A-Licious! Cravat-A-Licious by Matt Preston is published by William Heinemann, rrp $34.95 Celebrity Masterchef airs on Network Ten.