Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Marmite Dictionary

"Love it or hate it"

Just published: The Mish-Mash Dictionary of Marmite: an anecdotal A-Z of 'Tar-in-a-Jar'.
As the title indicates, it explores the zany world occupied by the iconic spread and in doing so reveals the grip it has on palates - and minds - around the world.

There is an entry about the brilliant German chemist, Baron Justus von Liebig, without whom Marmite would not exist. In the mid-1800s- he joined forces with Louis Pasteur, to meet the challenge of extracting something edible from the yeast sludge left over from the brewing industry.


The book also features Germany's own yeast extract - Vitam-R. Manufactured,in Hamelin since 1925, it sells well in Britain under the 'Essential' label. Its entry points out: 'Although it is very similar in taste to Marmite, there is a subtle, but distinct, difference. Its yeast comes from the bakery – not the brewery. It also has less salt, and is organic,which accounts for its mounting sales. British fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the latest variant, Mello. It’s Vitam-R with honey and maple syrup. A unique blend of sweet and savoury. There’s no obvious reason why the same formula shouldn’t work with Marmite. Time will tell if it ever follows the trend set by the yeast extract Pied-Piper of Hamelin…'

It's published by Revel Barker Publishing and the RRP is £10. It is available from all the usual online booksellers, Amazon, Waterstone's, Word Power Books, etc. Also Amazon's German site.