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Richard Beckett and Sam Orr talk about food

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Alison Vincent
Richard Beckett (1936 – 1987) has been described as ‘a sophisticated larrikin of the old school’ (Walsh 1993: 19). In the persona of Sam Orr he wrote ‘pungently opinionated’ (Walsh 1993: 19) restaurant reviews forthe outspoken and iconoclastic journal Nation Review, in a prose style described as ‘contemporary trendy obscene’ (Halligan 1977:18). There was much more, however, to Richard Beckett than the larger-than-life Sam Orr. He was one of the Australia’s most prolific food writers of the1970s and 1980s, publishing widely on food matters, from restaurant guides, a history of food in Australia and books on gardening and growing food, and always concerned with what Australians ate and their relationship with food production and supply. Today his work is largelyforgotten and his contribution barely recognized. This paper explores Beckett’s contribution to food writing in Australia and in particular his role as a restaurant critic.

History

Parent Title

Peer Reviewed Proceedings of the 6th Annual Conference, Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ), Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, 29 June - 1 July 2015

Start Page

42

End Page

53

Number of Pages

12

Start Date

01/01/2015

Finish Date

01/01/2015

ISBN-13

9780473345785

Location

Wellington, New Zealand

Publisher

PopCAANZ

Place of Publication

Wellington

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

School of Education and the Arts (2013- ); TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand. Conference