Fancy Winning Sausage in a Basket?

We have two copies to give away of Martin Lampen's joys and tragedies of British food


The first two people to answer the question below correctly will win the copies of the book.

Who invented the dish Coronation Chicken?

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Chiswick's Martin Lampen was born in 1973. And, he claims, in none of the four decades in which he's lived and dined in Britain has he eaten a single truly great meal.

"Is it because we Brits regard any artificial drink with pineapple or mango flavouring as ‘tropical’? Could it be something to do with our penchant for crinkle-cut crisps?" he asks "And just why are British breadcrumbs yellow in a way that no natural substance is? Branded posh as a child for having a Club biscuit and a Mint Viscount in his packed lunch, Martin Lampen cannot promise to answer all of these complex cultural questions, but what he does give us is an indispensable and laugh-out-loud-funny A-Z guide to the not-so-wondrous world of British cuisine."

All the joys and tragedies of British food are in his book, from railway buffet cars and all you can eat £5.99 buffets to coronation chicken and fruits of the forest. The book also contains Lampen's tips on how to digest a scotch egg, how to converse at a dinner party, how to survive the annual family barbecue and what to order in a 'hummus bar'.

Martin told "Sausage In A Basket: The Great British Guide of How Not to Eat an autobiographical guide to British cuisine - the good, certainly, but mainly the bad and ugly. The book contains many Chiswick references and to support it, I've just launched the website"

October 27, 2007