***** Tasty from A to Z
By BRICH "Bar"
Maggie Hall's Mish Mash Dictionary of Marmite is full of fascinating and fun facts. It's a surprising blend of product info, history, recipes, cartoons and reasons for brand loyalty or loathing. What a grand tour of the British psyche and sense of humor, as well as its breakfast table.
Yes, it is an ideal bathroom book, but I couldn't put it down. Was just too anxious to read the next silly, sexy, touching, ironic, or helpful item -- most of which were revelations. Your UK friends and closet Anglophiles like me may appreciate this book the most, but almost anyone will enjoy it. People who love Marmite, or love to hate it, are everywhere. As I learned from M3 -- Mish Mash Marmite -- the salty spread has even traveled to outer space! For the record: Marmite isn't my thing. Make mine peanut butter & jelly on a toasted English muffin, thank you.
***** There Will Always Be an England
By Garry Clifford
The sun may have dimmed a bit on the once mighty British Empire, but its legacy lives on in weird and wonderful ways. One of the most widespread is the iconic breakfast spread of gooey black concentrated yeast extract known as "Marmite." Regarded by the Brits as a national treasure, the brown jar with
the bright yellow lid shows up in some of the most remote places on the globe. (Just this year Jesus appeared in Wales in a Marmite lid). People love it or loathe it.Maggie Hall, an intrepid reporter, who has spent the last 40 years covering both sides of the pond, has written a delightfully funny book about this little wonder titled:
"The Mish-Mash Dictionary of Marmite, an anecdotal A-Z of 'Tar-in a-Jar'. "Filled with wonderful historical stories and bizarre lore, it is a great read for nearly everyone and not for Brits alone. But if you're a Brit--Buy Two!
***** A Royal Hoot!, October 10, 2009
By Stephanie Cavanaugh
Though, apparently, Marmite is certified Kosher (see p. 96), it doesn't come close to the joys of chopped liver and gefilte fish. (Oh? You don't find those joyful?) But even for those (like me) who can't stomach the stuff, this book is a treat. Delightfully written and cleverly illustrated, it's at the top of the gift list for all my Brit friends. From a quickie, quoted here in its entirety: "Prostitute: in old Parisian Patois, slang, `marmite' was the term for a whore." To a three page entry on Umami - the "fifth taste," here you have the perfect bathroom
reader; an opus that can accommodate any length movement.
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***** Love It or HateIit
Whatever your view on Marmite, the iconic Brit spread for toast, you'll love this book. It's the perfect gift for Christmas, but it is also an ideal book for dipping into, at any time. Packed with history, fun and total trivia, it is easy to read at any time. Buyers, or recipients, will keep it beside their bed or in the bathroom, maybe for ever...
*** Hate the Stuff- But Love the Book!
The Brits say you either love Marmite or hate it. But both sides will eat this book up. It's so jammed (and jam is in there!) with history and fun, silliness and seriousness. A great gift for everyone in your life with ties 'over-the-pond' or 'down-under'. I'm an American who can't stand to get within three feet of that squat brown jar, even if it does have a sunny yellow lid - but I loved this book.!