I love people and books with a fixation or obsession. Pigeons, Lolitas, motorbikes or matchboxes, that sort of thing. I have already referred to a massive and learned text about the potato in this column. Personally, I would love to focus my mind on one food or object long enough to write a book about it. In years, if not centuries, to come people would speak in hushed tones about Cottier on Creamcakes or Penelope's Big Book of Carrots. It shows true intelligence to free the mind from the dross of everyday life and to concentrate exclusively on a fruit or vegetable.
Recommended CitationCottier, Penelope, Correct Line Cooking: Penelope on Paprika, Australian Left Review, 1(132), 1991, 47.