We feel like chicken tonight. As long as it's from Hen Cottage

A coffee-table book about the faux-American chicken burger vendors of London? Obvious really, but it was graphic designer Siaron Hughes who got there first with Chicken: Low Art, High Calorie (Mark Batty Publishers, out now).

It's a photographic survey of all the old favourites, from Texas Fried Chicken and Rooster Express to the delightfully named Chickpizz, accompanied by soundbites from vendors and an extended interview with the sign-painting maverick they call "Mr Chicken". (What he doesn't tell you about chicken shop signage ain't worth knowing.) As the book's title suggests, Hughes isn't above a bit of highfaluting theorising: "These vernacular designers, most done by the untrained eyes of the shopkeepers, break every rule of typography but are ubiquitous." Still we did learn some new vocab: "gallinaceous" - chicken-like avian. Bird's the word.

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