They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach which just goes to show they're as confused about anatomy as they genrally are about everything else, unless they're talking about instructions on how to stab him, in which case a better way is up and under the ribcage.
Anyway, we do not live in a perfect world and it is foresighted and useful for a young woman to become proficient in those arts which will keep a weak-willed man from straying. Learning to cook is also useful.
Nanny Ogg, one of Discworld's most famous witches, is passing on some of her huge collection of tasty and above all interesting recipes, since everyone else is doing it. But in addition to the delights of the Strawberry Wobbler and Nobby's Mum's Distressed Pudding, Mrs Ogg imparts her thoughts on life, death, etiquette ('If you go to other people's funerals they'll be sure to come to yours'), courtship, children and weddings, all in a refined style that should not offend the most delicate of sensibilities. Well, not much. Most of the recipes have been tried out on people who are still alive.
Nanny Ogg Gratefully Ackowledges the Assistance in this Literary Argosy of: Mr Terry Pratchett, Mr Stephen Briggs, Mlle Tina Hannan and Master Paul Kidby.
Not quite Delia Smith or Nigella Lawson, this is a delicious spin on themes from Terry Prachetts Discworld books and (as the reader might expect) its not just a cookbook. In the guise of a collection of cookery tips written by the monstrous but cosy Nanny Ogg, this 'useful and improving almack of information and astonishing recipes' is really a series of mad insights into the arcane byways of Discworlds wizards, politicians and thieves, all refracted through Nannys highly unappetizing recipes, which she kindly passes on to us (since everyone else is doing it). A sample recipe tells us that the flat round dwarf loaf with a gravel crust, hurled like a Frisbee, can decapitate an enemy, and, if thrown in the right way, return to its owner afterwards and it can even be eaten, at a pinch. Along with the delights of the Strawberry Wobbler and Nobbys Mums Distressed Pudding, Mrs Ogg graces us with her observations on etiquette, life, death, courtship and dandruff A nice touch here is the collection of introductions and memos from the publishers, author and editors (one of whom is Pratchett himself), which set the blackly humorous tone perfectly. If youre a Pratchett fan, youll need little convincing to pick up this one. But new readers will also find this a good entry point to a world that theyll find themselves revisiting very often. (Kirkus UK)
|A Note from the Editors||p. 17|
|Nanny Ogg's Philosophy of Cookery||p. 21|
|The Recipes incorporating Dwarf Cookery||p. 25|
|On Etiquette||p. 103|
|Notes About Other Species|
|Rules of Precedence|
|Modes of Address|
|Etiquette at the Table|
|Some Notes on Gardening|
|The Language of Flowers|
|Etiquette in the Bedroom|
|Table of Contents provided by Rittenhouse. All Rights Reserved.|
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 2nd November 2000
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 15.4 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1