Saturday, 13 November 2021

My World Café


My World Café by David Wilson, with illustrations by Laura Davis

My World Café is a stew of food stories, memories and recipes from around the world. It ranges from popcorn to borscht, apple strudel to burritos, baklava to teriyaki. Each chapter includes a brief history of the food, a personal memory and a recipe.

I am delighted that Laura Davis will be illustrating the book. A graduate of Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art, Laura works in printmaking, drawing, painting and collage. More information about her work can be found here.

For a taster of the book, below is an excerpt from the chapter on “Strozzapretti”:

Originating in Perugia, strozzapreti is hand-rolled pasta which roughly translates as ‘priest-strangler’. One explanation is that gluttonous priests so loved the pasta that they ate it too quickly and choked themselves. Another explanation is that women offered the pasta to churchmen as payment for land rents. Their husbands were so angered by venal priests eating their wives’ food that they wished the priests would choke on it.

The most likely reason to me is that it was common practice for priests to visit parishioners’ homes after Sunday Mass and when the hosts tired of his visit, they would serve this ‘rough’ pasta to let him know that he had overstayed his welcome . . .

My World Café is my second book.  Left FieldThe Memoir of a Lifelong Activist was published by Unbound in 2016. Below are two endorsements:

David has lived a life and a half. The broken world needed people like David; it still does.” —Sir Tom Stoppard

This is an excellent and inspiring book. David is an adventurer and a freethinker, who did something truly useful with his life.” —Brian Eno

Left Field is now available for free here.


My World Café will be published by Riversmeet