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Michael Booth
Journalist, dad, food writer and glutton.
Interests: French food, Japanese food and everything else in between.
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If you are struggling for Christmas gift ideas, I have a brilliant one. Why not give an Amazon pre-order for Christmas? Imagine your child's/sister's/brother's/aunt's/uncle'/parent's/neighbour's/teacher's/random acquaintance's little face/faces light up when they hear that at some point in the medium term... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Michael Booth
Unusually, a foreign publisher has been quicker off the mark to get one of my books into their shops in translation than my English publisher. Here is it, 'The Almost Nearly Perfect People - the Truth About the Nordic Miracle'... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2013 at Michael Booth
Here is a link to my piece in the Telegraph this weekend, following in the footsteps of the first English traders to arrive in Japan, 400 years on. Brushed up on some of my samurai sword skills along the way... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2013 at Michael Booth
This is why I love Japan. Every time I go, they've come up with some new stuff that is, invariably, brilliant, or at least very, very different. Sometimes weird. In a good way. These are all three. Forget cronuts, these... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at Michael Booth
I'll post about what's new (to me at least) on the Japanese food scene in a bit, but for now here's a brief round up of the things which remain immutably wonderful about my favourite country on earth. The Japanese... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at Michael Booth
I'll be honest, the Faroes had never featured on my bucket list. I'd usually thought of them - if I had thought of them at all - as kind of poor man's Iceland. Actually, you can probably visit Iceland for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2013 at Michael Booth
If only all my book covers could be this beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at Michael Booth
So, I began to reach the conclusion that there is something deeply awry with the Alsatians' colour sense. Not just in terms of the exteriors of their homes... Never mind, there were plenty of things they do get right: namely,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at Michael Booth
Yes, the Bugatti was nice, but I have to admit I was probably as relieved to hand the keys back as I was excited to get them in the first place. I was less ambivalent about the food I ate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at Michael Booth
I realise my story in the weekend's Independent magazine is only likely to provoke hatred, bitterness and envy in all who read it... but, what the hey! Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at Michael Booth
In a radical, cutting edge multi-media experiment I have uploaded some (admittedly rather dull) photographs from my recent trip to the fantastic Fromagerie Antony - one of the best cheese affineurs in France - to accompany the radio bit I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2012 at Michael Booth
This film by is basically my book, Sushi and Beyond, condensed into the length of a 45. Amazing and beautiful. ... although, that doesn't mean you shouldn't still read the book, of course. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2012 at Michael Booth
Huzzah, Hurrah and Hooray! Eat, Pray, Eat has been nominated for a massively prestigious and sexy British Travel Press Award - in the category of 'Narrative Travel Book of the Year'. Here's a list of last year's winners - some... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at Michael Booth
I guess you are right. I always go with too high expectations!
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2012 on Berlin beer at Michael Booth
Been in Berlin. Fabulous museums, lovely people, a million ghosts, but is there a worse food city on the planet? (Slough, perhaps, but, okay then, 'in civilised Europe'). I think this must be some kind of twisted revenge on Southern... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2012 at Michael Booth
Thanks for getting in touch Mary. I am sorry, though, but I don't know of any good, pro-level cooking schools in Denmark. There are a couple of schools in Copenhagen - one in Kødbyen - but they don't have a very good reputation. Perhaps you should ask at a cake shop you admire if you can work for free...?
A friend of ours bagged the 'banqueting' or private dining room at Noma this week. I don't think it's all that well known that Noma has a room like this, let alone that it is a) probably easier to book... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2012 at Michael Booth
A while back, I idly emailed my publisher to enquire when the deadline was for my next book, which is going to be about the Nordic region and its various weird and wonderful people (nothing to do with food). He... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at Michael Booth
Thanks Bruna, and best of luck at Le Cordon Bleu - I had the time of my life there!
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2012 on La Régalade St Honoré at Michael Booth
A nice surprise yesterday, the chef Yotam Ottolenghi gave me a lovely big-up in the New York Times: “Sushi and Beyond: What the Japanese Know About Cooking” by Michael Booth. Japanese food is a whole universe of cooking that I’m... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2012 at Michael Booth
For some years, Rene at Noma has been telling me about a mad Scotsman called Roderick Sloan who lives up in the Arctic Circle in northern Norway and supplies his restaurant with, among other things, the most amazing sea urchins.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Michael Booth
I went for lunch at Dinner the other day. Of course, I had to have the courageously unappetisingly-named 'Meat Fruit', a chicken liver/foie gras parfait enrobed in a mandarin jelly, which has become the restaurant's signature dish. Here it is:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at Michael Booth
I provoked whatever the Twitter equivalent of a few raised eyebrows is a while back when I was in Rome and mentioned online how lacklustre I thought the food was there. There was little variety, the quality of produce was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at Michael Booth
And, just to round off the Shanghai stuff, some final photos of things that caught my eye. Like this house, which looks like something from a Roald Dahl story. The poultry guy's wares. Don't think I've ever seen such dejected... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Michael Booth
One of the most interesting streets in Shanghai for nosing around on is Jinxian Road in the French Concession. There's a strange cognitive dissonance in walking around in a place which looks like one of the quieter arondissments but there's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2011 at Michael Booth