From Punch and Judy to Haute Cuisine by Michael Flagg
UK Institute of Hospitality-Information for Researchers

Friday, June 1, 2012

Students, academics and subject specialist librarians interested in the history and development of hospitality education in England will want have a look at a new and rather unique title. Privately published by author Michael Flagg, FIH, From Punch and Judy to Haute Cuisine : The Life and Times of Arthur Edwin Simms is not just an homage to the hospitality educator Arthur Simms; this new book provides an historic overview of the development of hospitality education in England during the 20th century.


Michael Flagg's new book
As noted by Roy Hayter, MIH, "It is impossible not to admire the effort that Michael Flagg has put into this biography of his one-time mentor, and latterly friend, Arthur Simms. Simms achieved some prominence in the world of catering education, and being fortunate to coincide with times when funding for further education was quite generous, also impacted on the world of fine dining and gastronomy."


Mr. Hayter confirms that, "The wider, and potentially great value, is to anyone researching the developments of catering education. Flagg is indefatigable in his research: a subject, place or event is mentioned, and you get exhaustive background."

If you are conducting archival or historic research on the hospitality industry and, in particular, the development of hospitality education, then this title is for you!