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Gut Reaction

A Journalist Discovers His Passion for News, Great Writing and Fine Food


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By Stephen L. Downes
Format Paperback / softback
Page Extent 206
Book Size 239 x 165 x 15 mm (H x W x D)
Imprint New Holland Publishers
Release Date 1 Jul 2011
Subject Classification Cookery / food & drink etc

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Gut Reaction captures the fast-paced life of an international reporter and his passion for fine food.

Stephen Downes is well-known as an uncompromising food critic, whose frank restaurant reviews were amongst the first to say what no-one had dared before. In this funny and revealing memoir of travel, food, music and love, Stephen rails against his starched Methodist upbringing to indulge in the romance of newspaper journalism. From Londons famous Fleet Street, he falls in love with the adrenalin of chasing a story, the sound of typewriters and the smell of ink on newsprint. Moving to Europe in his early twenties, Stephen finds love of another kind when he meets his Parisian wife-to-be and discovers the authentic cuisine of the gastronomical hub that is France.

Stephen Downes

Stephen Downes is Australia pre-eminent restaurant critic and food writer. Advanced Australian Fare, his history of Australian restaurants and the development of an Australian cooking style, won the Outstanding Food Book of The Year at the 2003 Australian Food Media Awards and he has been honoured internationally. Two of his books have been translated into a total of five languages. A professional restaurant critic for 34 years, Stephen has been, at various times, a regular contributor to The Age, The Sunday Age, Gourmet Traveller, The Australian Financial Review and the Herald Sun.