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70s Dinner Party: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly of Retro Food

70s Dinner Party: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly of Retro Food (Hardback)

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Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in the Guardian and The Spectator



Anna Pallai was brought up on 1970s stalwarts of stuffed peppers, meatloaf and platters of slightly greying hardboiled eggs. When she rediscovered her mother's grease-stained 70s cookbooks, she knew she needed to share them with the world, and so the hit Twitter account @70s_Party was born.



Harking back to a simpler pre-Instagram, pre-clean-eating era, when the only concern for your dinner party was whether your aspic would set in time, this is a joyful celebration of food that can give you gout just by looking at it. Covering all the essentials, from starters through to desserts, dinner party etiquette (just how does one start to eat a swan fashioned from a hardboiled egg?) and the dreaded `foreign' food, there's no potato-fashioned-as-a-stone left unturned.

Anna Pallai is a PR and agent and formerly Publicity Director at Faber where she helped manage the publishing careers of Harry Hill, Ricky Gervais, Richard Ayoade, David Mitchell and numerous others. She was born midway through the 1970s and vividly recalls the period of 1975-80 as being a personal culinary nadir. Having been forcefed devilled eggs, stuffed peppers and Hungarian meat stews of dubious origin from birth, she went vegetarian aged twelve and hasn't looked back since.

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