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The Urban Picnic - Being the Idiosyncratic and Lyrically Recollected Account of Menus, Recipes, History, Trivia, and Admonishons on the Subject of Al Fresco Dining in Cities Both Large and Small

The Urban Picnic

Being the Idiosyncratic and Lyrically Recollected Account of Menus, Recipes, History, Trivia, and Admonishons on the Subject of Al Fresco Dining in Cities Both Large and Small

By John Burns & Elisabeth Caton
Illustrated by Jennifer Lyon
Categories: Cultural Studies, Cooking
Paperback : 9781551521558, 352 pages, 2004

Description

Urban picnics are a hot foodie trend right now; from The Economist to Le Monde, food journalists and lovers the world around are jumping on the blanket. Like so many of us, they want to put their hectic city lives on hold and enjoy themselves--without having to head off into the hinterland.

The Urban Picnic, whimsically subtitled Being an Idiosyncratic and Lyrically Recollected Account of Menus, Recipes, History, Trivia, and Admonitions on the Subject of Alfresco Dining in Cities Both Large and Small, is designed for modern gourmands and kitchen newcomers alike, to inspire them to introduce a little pleasure and picnickery into their lives. With an irreverent and highly opinionated history of the picnic, strange accounts from the 19th and 20th centuries, original illustrations, and over 200 recipes--many contributed from renowned chefs such as Nigella Lawson, Nadine Abensur, and Mark Bittman--it's the essential how-to (and how-not-to) for anyone who was ever looking for a tasty little morsel to eat under that tree that grows in Brooklyn.

Two-colour throughout. Includes more than 100 illustrations.

Recipes include:
Barbecued Lemon Chicken (Anne Lindsay), Banana-Strawberry Layer Cake (Regan Daley), Mint Julep Peaches (Nigella Lawson), Chicken Liver Crostini (Umberto Menghi), and Ahi Tuna Salad with Green Papaya (Rob Feenie).

"The great charm of this social device is undoubtedly the freedom it affords. . . . To eat cold chicken and drink iced claret under trees, amid the grass and the flowers. "
-Appleton's Journal of Literature, Science, and Art, 1869

"The latest fashion among young city-dwellers, providing a new advertising niche for manufacturers of luxury products, is the good old family picnic. "
-Le Monde

"An upper-class English ritual traditionally confined to rural French life, the picnic has been rebranded. "
-The Economist

Reviews

- Bookwatch

The Urban Picnic is a tasty piece of work, not least for its erudite and amusing prose style. All the recipes are not only transportable, they're also interesting enough to add to your daily house-bound repertoire.
-The Georgia Straight

- The Georgia Straight

The Urban Picnic is just the cookbook for the serious picnicker. It's just the thing to turn you into a natural, like Burns, for whom "to picnic" is a verb to live by.
-Vancouver Sun

- Vancouver Sun

John Burns with the help of recipe gatherer Elizabeth Caton have written a book that challenges the notion of the five-day work week and exposes the irony that with all our technological advancements we are bound to our offices, factories and shops more than ever before.
-sceneandheard. ca

- Antoine Tedesco

A quirky omnibus of outdoor eating. ..
-National Post

- The National Post

...a new book from Arsenal Pulp Press designed to change the way urbanites treat a sunny afternoon, yes, even in the season of slush.
-Ottawa Citizen

- Ottawa Citizen

John Burns and Elisabeth Caton have created a powerful incentive to just get out there and live.
-Toronto Star

- The Toronto Star

Don't wait for that rare occasion when you might actually plan a picnic to use this generous and approachable cookbook/picnic guide. .. Whatever the provenance of the recipes, they all sound delicious.
-Quill and Quire

- Quill and Quire

There's a definite Left Coast vibe, with an ode to the Slow Food movement and suggestions for CBC-friendly musical accompaniment.
-Saturday Night

- Saturday Night

The Urban Picnic, by John Burns and Elisabeth Caton, recogonizes the problem of the fast-living urbanite's dissatisfied soul, and presents, in essay and recipe, a picnic philosophy as remedy. ..Here, the picnic is presented as a near-meditative process. ..
-Pop Matters

- Andrea Belcham