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You will find here a selection of articles found in different newspapers and magazines.

-"The Chiswick", 12 December 2003:

"Covent Garden Fishmongers has been providing retail customers, hotels and restaurants with the highest-quality fresh seafood for a quarter of a century.
While you may find some seafood in supermarkets and, more recently, in fish-sale-cum-restaurants, the Covent Garden team of Phil, Gary and Eddy take a pride in their trade, which you won't find anywhere else in town.

Their Knowledge of quality,variety and handling runs supreme. They have a large range of stock, will be happy to cater for any special need and advise on the best way to cook and prepare your purchases.
Fresh seafood and fresh water fish will be available for Christmas. Look out for their smoked wild Scottish salmon, with royal appointment, plus an array of accompanying saucesand bites from their small fish deli.

They really are Chiswick's only professional fishmongers, making a great team, together with Macken butchers, M&C Greengrocers and the fabulous Indigo Deli, for all you could wish for in fine home cooking.
Christmas hampers will be available, so make sure to order early for your Christmas needs."

 

-"Style &Travel", 17 October 1993:

"The majority of exotic fish is caught on day boats", explains fishmonger Phil Diamond, the author of the Covent Garden Fish Book. "They're out the same night on a plane and in the market by the next next mo0rning. British fish can be 24 hours to 2 weeks old."

-The american "Cook Book, The Food Book Review for Cooks Who Read" wrote in their issue No 13 for March/April 1994:

"If the emphasis of Goldstein's book is on the finished dish, what Philip Diamond, in Philip Diamond's Covent Garden Fish Book (Kyle Cathie), wants you to look at, admire, and understand is the fish. A working fishmonger, he is not only a mine of useful (albeit British-orientated) information but simply radiates intense relish and interest in his subject. Although he provides an international collection of recipes, Diamond clearly believes that the best way to enjoy a fish is the simplest. As he takes us through a list of seafood his British customers might possibly encounter - from anchovy and barracuda through periwinkles and whelks to smoked eel, he points up the characteristics that make each unique. Regarding the sand eel, a humble fish actually used in Denmark as an industrial fuel but usually sold (both in Britain and here) for bait, he writes: "if you are lucky enough to find them, behead and gut, cut into small pieces, toss in seasoned flour and shallow fry in oil with herbs of your choice - thyme, tarragon or fresh coriander, for example. A squeeze of lemon or lime juice, some crusty brown bread and a salad completes a good meal." A welcome reference and a good read for the adventurous fish cook."

-"East London advertiser", 14 January 1993:

"The first fish book written by a working Fishmonger...that's Philip Diamond's Covent Graden Fish Book.
After 15 years as a fishmonger and with an in-depth knowledge of Billingsgate on the Isle of Dogs, Phil is still convinced fish is a near perfect food and determined to persuade the rest of us of the fact.
He describes over 100 species of the most commonly available fish; advises on how to choose and buy fish and shellfish and how a local fishmonger can best help in preparation and finding suitable substitutes for unusual species.
Methods of cooking and recipes are incorporated into the text with insights from Philip's customers, friends, chefs and food writers and extensive A¬Z of species is supplemented with specially comissioned water-colours by Sally Malty.

This book revels in the variety, simplicity and sheer good sense of eating and enjoying more fish while Philip's practical and energetic approach dispels suspicion and encouragess adventurousness.
Philip was born in Romania, and came to England as a child before the Second World War and eventually opened a wetfish shop in Covent Garden. He is a leading and much respected spokesman on all aspects of the fish trade, from the North Sea fishing to Bilingsgate."

-"Sunday Telegraph", 10 January 1993:

"Philip Diamond's Covent Garden Fish Book is a joy for those blessed with a fish shop as good as his in their locality, pure frustration for those who aren't. It is published by Kyle Cathie as a paperback at £9.99, with some lovely colour illustrations by Sally Maltby."

-"Scotland on Sunday", 1 November 1992:

"Give me the independent, knowledgeable and enthusiastic wet fishmonger who really knows his trade any day of the week. One such is former taxi driver Phil Diamond who is so besotted with the virtues of fish that he has published a book to prove his point. His Covent Garden Fish Book is the first written by a working fishmonger.
"I tried hard to develop a good relationship with my customers so that they trust me and my product and, even more importantly, are not shy to ask for my advice," writes Diamond.
His main disapppointment in running a fish shop is the lack of interest we seem to have in the unusual: "I am constantly amazed at the number of people who come into my shop not knowing any names other than cod or haddock."
It seems perverse that, surrounded as we are by the sea, we only contrive to eat 2lb of fish each a year. Diamond is outraged that we seem to neglect such a valuable
source of food. Give yourself a treat, find a good fishmonger, but not tomorrow. Monday is not a good day to buy fish. And when you buy, pick fish that are really fresh with a shinny skin, bright eyes, rosy pink gills and firm body. Fresh fish has a wonderful smell of the sea - that's what to go for."

-"Daily Telegraph", 18 December 1992:

"As it happens, PhilipDiamond is my local fismonger, and his style is chatty, with infectious enthusiasm backed up by expertise and a well-chosen selection of recipes from top chefs and food writers."

 

 

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