Rogues, Writers & Whores:
Dining With the Rich & Infamous
The late Daniel Rogov was Israel's most influential wine and food critic. In Rogues, Writers & Whores: Dining With the Rich & Infamous, Rogov provides a series of vignettes of famous and infamous food characters throughout history, starting with a couple of ancient Romans and finishing up with post World War II era. Most of the characters are French but he sprinkles his selection with some Russian, British, Italian and American food personalities. Each chapter spends a couple of pages profiling a personality such as Cesar and Lucrezia Borgia, Rabelais, the Marquis de Sade or Nikolai Gogol and provides a recipe they or their cooks may have prepared. Each character chosen is fascinating and Rogov's descriptions are entertaining. He has modernized some of the recipes and they are easy to follow. Others are fantastic and include ingredients and techniques that are beyond most home cooks. Regardless, it is a fun book and worth reading.