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This week’s issue is a Man Food Special, featuring the manliest restaurants in Britain, go-to recipes that will make you a hero in the kitchen, ten foods every man should try at least one from alpaca to zebra… and much more. Here’s what we learned from putting it all together.
1 | David Mitchell can still blow your mind
Novelist David Mitchell’s ambitious newie The Bone Clocks is “a big, hairy, bonkers beast of a book,” according to the author. “My head’s spinning too,” he elaborates of a work that connects a teenage runaway and her emerging psychic abilities to a war reporter, an embittered novelist and an invisible war at the edge of reality. Big themes? He’s got ’em.
2 | There’s serving it rare – and there’s serving it rare.
The one-time chef at Marco Pierre White’s The Oak Room, Robert Reid, used to show VIPs who was boss by delivering his roast grouse to the table – then squeezing the blood from the carcass onto their plate from his fist. Reid is now at Balthazar. We advise not sending anything back for being “a bit underdone”.
3 | This cheese stands alone
Anyone up for illegal cheese? Sardinia’s infamous casu marzu gets its flavour from being left out in the open air for flies to lay eggs in it. The resultant maggots eat their way through the sheep’s milk cheese and cause it to rot. If you don’t fancy that then perhaps whale, snake and spatchcocked guinea pig can interest you from our list of Ten Foods Every Man Should Eat (Once).
4 | Effin’ and cheffin’
Because upcoming chefs can seldom afford to eat in truly top restaurants, they have to learn what goes on there by begging for a “stage” (pronounced in the French style: staahj). This means pleading to be allowed into a top kitchen where you will be treated like crap and given all the worst jobs. It’s the only way to learn. That, or YouTube.
5 | Wheelchair rugby is the new Rollerball
Wheelchair rugby is going to be the event to watch at the Invictus Games. “It’s amazing, it’s just the most violent thing on the planet,” enthuses Tony Harris. He should know – he’s a former Fusiliers captain who was wounded in Afghanistan and is now (sensibly) competing in the sitting volleyball instead. Come on your servicemen and women!
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