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Over the years, I’ve often been asked three questions:
1) Why on earth do you write all those articles and books?
2) Where do you find the time to write?
3) Were you ever concerned that writing/publishing would put your career at risk?
First, the question of why I, or any potential author, would write in the first place. We all begin as readers. I lived in Greece as a child and there was no television in those days, in the early 1960s. I became an endless reader of books, a habit that continues to this day with far too many books in my house – what my wife Laura calls my “gentle madness.”
Published in the Evening Standard – January 12, 1946
If you look up ‘tea’ in the first cookery book that comes to hand you will probably find that it is unmentioned; or at most you will find a few lines of sketchy instructions which give no ruling on several of the most important points.
This is curious, not only because tea is one of the main stays of civilization in this country, as well as in Eire, Australia and New Zealand, but because the best manner of making it is the subject of violent dispute