© 2009-2011 Quality Eating and Drinking London Ltd

 

© 2009-2011 Quality Eating and Drinking London Ltd

QED reviews

From a booklet to a banquet, QED is eager to share experiences through reviews. And our reviews will cover all sorts of ground: we'll be reviewing food and drink (of course), but also technical help in the shape of gadgets, implements and the like, and the all-important cookbooks, manuals and encyclopedias (in print and electronic). But we're also keen to bridge what CP Snow famously called the "two cultures", and we'll be dipping into the arts. Literature is in there, and we'll look at expansion later, as other art-forms (Martinů's La Revue de Cuisine, anyone?) turn up. One small point — the boundary between the technical and the literary can be rather hazy when it comes to books (think of MFK Fisher), so we may need to make cross-references. Just follow these links to our individual review areas.

  • Food
    Across the range of foods and food products, we will seek out the classic and the curious.

  • Drink
    We aim to feature all sorts of drinks, from smoothies to schnapps.

  • Equipment
    Here's where we dish the dirt on gadgets and other equipment. Whether it's a radio-controlled oven thermometer-cum-hygrometer or a better porridge spurtle (hey, or a radio-controlled porridge spurtle, now there's a wrist-saving idea!), if we've tried it, we might well write about it here.

  • Bookshelf
    This is the home for (our reviews of) recipe books, kitchen manuals, the Encyclopedia of Hebridean Molluscs, etc.; electronic resources of these types will also be featured here. Though much of what we review here will be new stuff, we hope there will always be room for re-assessments of old favourites, either on their own or in conjunction with other items on the same subject.

  • Literature
    The lure of food onto the page has tempted so many authors down the years. Here, you will find the fiction and non-technical non-fiction, including such items as essay collections, social history, gastro-travelogue and biography, all at home if they focus on food or drink — so One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Travels with a Donkey, and The Omnivore's Dilemma all qualify in this area.

The more eagle-eyed may have spotted an 'obvious' gap. Restaurant reviews can be so exhausting, and with a tiny cadre of personnel, there's no way that we can realistically cover the ground in a way that our readers might expect. Look out for individual experiences in QEDLife, but for the moment at least, we won't be trying to give a definitive landscape of eating out in London.