Grazing by international food critic John Newton

The ramblings and recipes of a man who gets paid to eat

By Tricia Brown
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Grazing by John Newton

Grazing by John Newton [©New Holland]


Some people eat to live, some live to eat, John Newton eats for a living. Food is part of every aspect of life and john's writings combine food with love, larceny and music.

He shows us also how food is a very political topic. He charms us with his earliest influences, of idyllic holidays around the Mediterranean, horrifies us with stories of his worst food experiences and reminds us why food is one of the joys of life.

Grazing is a book that confronts as much as it seduces. It is a book of travel, love, history and favourite recipes. The recipes, gleaned from friends ("some famed chefs, others fine home-cooks"), books or concocted in his own family kitchen are an interesting mix all cookable by anyone who knows their way around a kitchen.

In Grazing Newton, a freelance writer, journalist, novelist and teacher, takes us to Spain, the country that stole his heart when he first set foot in it in 1972 and that to this day, still feels like home to him.

However, Newton takes us beyond tales of travel and adventure and explores the nature of food as an industry, the politics of what is in our food and the information we should have to make informed choices.

He explores the current controversies swirling around genetically modified, hormone induced and chemically saturated foods and challenges us to think beyond the ease of the supermarket.

Never one to smooth over the bumps of life, in Grazing Newton provides us with all the ingredients for a must read memoir. However this is not a book to be read starting from the beginning and moving through but rather is one more like tapas i.e. small dishes of tasty morsels to be dipped into at random.

This book is for those who love to eat, for those who love to travel and for those who love to read about what they eat and where they can eat it.


Grazing by John Newton is published by New Holland Publishers Australia (July 2011; sc) and retails for RRP A$29.95. and Winepros Archive subscribers and Members can purchase Grazing from our book partners Seekbooks for 12.5% off RRP (postage extra).

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