The late gourmet, whose writings have whetted the appetites of thousands, has left us a wonderful bequest. Forty-four new and old articles are collected here for the first time. There is more here than recipes, exotic foods and places: written with the ardor of one for whom the perfect meal was an ideal, this is a mÃ‰lange of detective work, reconnaissance and joyous discovery, Want to know about olive oil--the real stuff? The inside scoop on caviar? How about oysters, Roquefort, bouillabaisse? It's all covered here with bows to great cooks, restaurants and the people who know and appreciate good food. There is hardly anything he misses, from formal dining to the casual snack. His stories of a childhood split between England and Holland are charming. One can picture him and his huge father enjoying their shared love of eating and drinking. The care with which people have prepared food for one another has always been an act of love, and it is a tribute to the author's wisdom that we are reminded so graciously that food succors the soul as well as the body. This collection offers a wonderful opportunity to experience de Groot's joy in food, drink and people. He is both guide and friend with a hatful of tricks and practical advice. Eating will never be the same after reading this.