Introduction

A new chapter is beginning from September 2014, as Prospect Books will now be run by Marion Boyars Publishers, with Catheryn Kilgarriff at the helm, but with Tom Jaine still involved as the editor of Petits Propos Culinaires. Catheryn Kilgarriff has run Marion Boyars Publishers since her mother, Marion Boyars, passed away in 1999. She published authors who quickly became famous, including the Turkish writer Elif Shafak (The Flea Palace & The Gaze), Baghdad Burning by Riverbend, the first woman Iraqi blogger, and had commercial successes including K: The Art of Love by Hong Ying and The Alchemy of Paint by Spike Bucklow. She was on the Writers in Translation committee at English Pen for six years, and is a volunteer for Richmond Libraries. Her life is organised around her love of books.
Prospect Books was founded by the late Alan Davidson and his wife Jane Davidson in 1979, at the same time as their journal of food history Petits Propos Culinaires. Since 1993, Prospect Books was owned by Tom Jaine (pictured here), and Tom Jaine became the editor of Petits Propos Culinaires  in 2000. Prospect Books continues to publish books on cookery, food history, occasionally books on gardening and growing interesting fruit and vegetables, and the ethnology of food. It is one of the very few British publishers to specialise in this field and produces four to eight books a year. Petits Propos Culinaires is published three times a year and contains articles, sometimes extracts from books or reprints, as well as reviews of current publications. More information is obtainable elsewhere on the site. Please read this two-part article by the late Alan Davidson describing the activities of Prospect Books and PPC from the time of its foundation in 1979. The original articles can be found in PPC 47 and 48 of 1994.

 

Profile of Tom Jaine in the Telegraph


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