The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - MICHELLE ROWE

Polpo Rus­sell Nor­man (Blooms­bury, $59.99) A SIN­GLE oc­to­pus adorns the cover of this quirky book. No sur­prise re­ally, given its au­thor, edgy Lon­don chef Rus­sell Nor­man, has an im­age of the crea­ture tat­tooed on his back. Nor­man’s Soho res­tau­rant Polpo is one of the city’s hottest din­ing spots, de­scribed by acer­bic res­tau­rant critic AA Gill as ‘‘the best value in the West End’’, and high­lights from its ca­sual but eclec­tic menu are show­cased here. There’s broad bean, mint and ri­cotta br­uschetta; cod cheeks and len­tils with salsa verde; and blood orange and Cam­pari cake. Nor­man calls Polpo ‘‘a Vene­tian cook­book (of sorts)’’. Flick through the al­lur­ing pho­tos and imag­ine cruis­ing those fa­mous wa­ter­ways. Great, Grand & Fa­mous Cham­pagnes Jayne Pow­ell and Fritz Gubler (Ar­bon Pub­lish­ing, $79.99) LOUIS XIV as­serted the divine right of kings to drink only cham­pagne. Napoleon passed through the fa­mous wine­grow­ing re­gion be­fore each of his mil­i­tary cam­paigns to stock up on hooch for his troops. Os­car Wilde, mean­while, de­clared on his deathbed, as he sipped the fa­mous tip­ple, ‘‘Alas, I am dy­ing be­yond my means.’’ No stone is left un­turned in the authors’ ef­forts to doc­u­ment the his­tory of this cel­e­bra­tory drink, from the peo­ple be­hind the most fa­mous la­bels and re­pro­duc­tion of iconic posters to tasting notes and pho­tos of those who’ve fa­mously in­dulged, from James Bond to the ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous Patsy Stone.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.