The Devil's Picnic

The Devil's Picnic

Around the World in Pursuit of Forbidden Fruit

Book - 2006
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(Requires Flash Player. May take a few minutes to load.) Award-winning writer Taras Grescoe admits that he has alwaysbeen fascinated by the forbidden. Never one to deny his desires, he set out on aglobal journey, determined to track down the foods and substances that killjoygovernments have often bizarrely prohibited. The result is a spread like noother: an aperitif of hjemmebrent, a powerful Norwegian moonshine; awedge of Époisses, a stinky French cheese that can carry a brain-swellingbacteria; a cup of restorative Bolivian cocaine tea; and a host of legendary andsought-after substances that Grescoe risks health and jail time to dig in to.

Grescoe takes us with him around the world to sample damnedfood, drink and smoke, along the way serving up a unique and irreverent feast ofunsavoury characters and customs. The culmination is a deliciously decadentfull-course meal for those brave enough to lay down a blanket, open the basketand partake of the devil's picnic.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2006
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9780002007801
Branch Call Number: ANF 641.3 GRE
Characteristics: 359 p. ; 22 cm


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Apr 16, 2015

well there are plenty of TV shows about traveling around the world and trying exotic food and drinks. The book format is not as interesting.

Mar 27, 2013

How to sell books, give a stunning title and fill with non-interesting mundane situations, leading nowheress. No references, no notes, we are expected to treat authors comments a 'truisms'. Hubris is this wrter.
We start with a norweigan alcohol (forgetting Canada's Borscht belt, or BC's particular fondness for being hyderized.-- everclear). Move on to Singapore (well, just to show a stogy country) to cigars cohibas at $65.00 a pop, cheeses, try googling casu marzu or ortolan). then onto chocolate, and pentobarbital....quite the range. Not sure of the cohesiveness ot this -- funny to start on a way to get high, move onto eating then end with self-dealth.
Anyways its different, and keeps one thinking, and googling.

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