Pippa Middleton causes furor for penning 'bland' party guide to Burns Night
Pippa Middleton has been slammed for producing a "twee" and bland guide to one of Scotland's most famous traditions - Burns Night.
The Duchess of Cambridge's sister details how it should be celebrated in a chapter of 'Celebration,' her party book published last week.
Pippa suggests a menu of several courses: "soup (I suggest Cullen skink); then haggis; perhaps a steak pie (which is great if you prefer to serve the haggis as a starter); followed by a dessert (such as cranachan) or cheese."
Known as Perfect Pippa at university, the 29-year-old was paid a 400,000-pound advance for the book.
But John Quigley, a TV chef who runs the Red Onion restaurant in Glasgow said: "As far as her Burns menu is concerned it's dull as dishwater... you've got to have a few twists and turns here and there. You've got to liven it up a bit."
Pippa, does mention diverting from tradition, but does not inspire her readers by explaining what to do, the Daily Mail reported.
"You can put your own contemporary twists on the food or just choose a menu that celebrates Scottish produce, as long as haggis features at some stage," she writes.
Clark McGinn, who wrote 'The Ultimate Burns Supper Book,' a rival to Pippa's entertainment guide, said "This chapter succeeds in what I would have thought was the impossible; it stifles the life out of the concept - and Burns is all about life."
He also called her book, which retails at 25 pounds, "twee" when she suggests people will sit around a table in the evening playing cards drinking whisky.
Mary McGowne, the organiser the Scottish Style Awards said: "It read like a well-funded exercise in stating the obvious saying things like the Scottish country feels wild and romantic" - it's pretty rudimentary.
She also caused upset when she describes the work of celebrated Scottish poet Robert Burns "lovely work."