August Wine and Food -A Tale of Two Restaurants
Posted by *Giles MacDonogh
*MacDonogh has worked as a journalist, most notably for the Financial Times (1988–2003), where he covered food, drink and a variety of other subjects. He has also contributed to most of the other important British newspapers, and is a regular contributor to The Times. As an historian, MacDonogh concentrates on central Europe, principally Germany.He was educated at the City of London School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read modern history. He later carried out historical research at the École pratique des hautes études in Paris.MacDonogh is the author of fourteen books, chiefly about German history; he has also written about gastronomy and wine. In 1988 he won a Glenfiddich Special Award[for his first book, A Palate in Revolution (Robin Clark) and was shortlisted for the André Simon Award.His books have been translated into French, Italian, Bulgarian, German, Chinese, Slovakian, Spanish, Russian and Polish.
Two announcements were made in August concerning the fate of much-loved London restaurants: both Le Gavroche and the India Club were to close, the India Club in mid-September and Le Gavroche in January 2024. They are very different places, one just about the most luxurious non-hotel dining room in London and offering a huge menu, and the other doing a passable imitation of an old-fashioned eating place in downtown Calcutta and listing a handful of basic curries and biryanis.