The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly of Retro Food
Spaghetti in aspic, anyone? Revel in astonishing dishes from yesteryear: Stuffed Cocktail Grapes, Savoury Sausage Salad, a spunky Shrimp-Salmon Mould and so much more, from the cult Twitter account
Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in the Guardian and The Spectator
Anna Pallai was brought up on 1970s stalwarts of stuffed peppers, meatloaf and platters of slightly greying hardboiled eggs. When she rediscovered her mother's grease-stained 70s cookbooks, she knew she needed to share them with the world, and so the hit Twitter account @70s_Party was born.
Harking back to a simpler pre-Instagram, pre-clean-eating era, when the only concern for your dinner party was whether your aspic would set in time, this is a joyful celebration of food that can give you gout just by looking at it. Covering all the essentials, from starters through to desserts, dinner party etiquette (just how does one start to eat a swan fashioned from a hardboiled egg?) and the dreaded ‘foreign’ food, there's no potato-fashioned-as-a-stone left unturned.
“The funniest book I’ve seen so far this year… Perfect deadpan wit. Part social history, part Dadaist artwork.”
Jonathan Coe, Guardian, Book of the Year
“The 70s Dinner Party book is stuffed to the gills with jaw-dropping images that feel like they’re from another world, never mind another decade.”
“[A] hilarious new book.”
“Each photo is garnished by Pallai's swift and witty take on the image in question, and the result is hilarious.”
Erica Wagner, Harper's Bazaar UK
“It is a book of photographs and wry, very funny captions.”
Rose Prince, Spectator, Book of the Year