The Supper Book

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The Supper Book is an annotated list of everything that one man ate and drank over one year.

The list is glossed, especially when the author realised the incredible natures of the many concoctions he had purchased or been served.

Everything in The Supper Book contributed to the invention of the author.

“You are what you eat” is the most common maxim that describes this process.

In The Supper Book Peter Burnett demonstrates the character and virtues of his foods and collects notices on the history and culture of many of the meals that he found it worthwhile to comment upon.

The Supper Book also details manners of eating and drinking, and a list of the cafes, restaurants, bars and private homes visited.


Purchase The Supper Book from The Scottish Design Exchange in Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh.


"A celebration and a ringing indictment of contemporary advert-driven consumerism."

The Supper Book is the title of a new tome by Peter Burnett, which lists everything the Edinburgh-based scribe ate and drank in a year. Why anyone would want to do this is a good question. Against formidable odds, however, Mr. Burnett has produced a book which I suspect I shall be dipping into for a long while, like a buffet one can't resist. This is a man with catholic taste, whose addiction to junk food suggests he is either in need of a nutritional talking-to or a voucher to consult a shrink."

Alan Taylor, The Sunday Herald

The Supper Book manages to hold your attention through wit and wonderful oddness.

Scotland Magazine

A celebration and a ringing indictment of contemporary advert-driven consumerism.

Scottish Field

Refreshingly honest and agenda-free — a rare thing in today’s food wars.

Lesley McDowell, The Herald


ISBN 978-09554885-04

  • 288 pages
  • 70 line drawings
  • 450 footnotes

Laid out as a multi-faceted list, The Supper Book comprises micro-essays, lists, tallies of food and drink, volumes of food and drink, food and beverage companies by corporation, breakdowns of meals by location and individuals and general repast lists, with further footnotes on the foods and drink.