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UK £30.00
US $50.00
CAN $55.00
224 pages
550 colour illustrations
25.6 x 21.2 cm (10.25 x 8.5 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4579-8
A Book for Cooks
101 Classic Cookbooks
Leslie Geddes-Brown

If you have ever bought a cookery book not only for the recipes but also for the mouth-watering images and attractive design, then A Book for Cooks is for you. Food writer and self-confessed bibliophile Leslie Geddes-Brown surveys 101 pioneering cookbooks, selected by her for their influence, for their unusual recipes or simply for their beauty. All types of cookery book are featured, from the seventeenth century to the present, with cuisine ranging from Italian to Moroccan, Indian to South American. Among the famous chefs and writers included are Mrs Beeton, Raymond Blanc, Robert Carrier, Elizabeth David, Nigella Lawson, Claudia Roden, Constance Spry and Alice Waters. Each entry includes a brief commentary on the book as well as photographs of its cover and several inside pages. Also featured are contributions from leading chefs, cookery writers and other food experts, either discussing their top 10 cookbooks or describing how they organize their own collection. With more than 500 colour illustrations, lively text, including a short history of cookery books, and an elegant design, A Book for Cooks is a culinary delight for all foodies.

A stylish compendium of 101 of the world’s best cookery books, from the seventeenth century to the present day

Over 500 illustrations, showing covers and several inside pages of all featured books

An essential addition to any cookbook collection

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Author Profile

Leslie Geddes-Brown, former Deputy Editor of World of Interiors and Country Life magazines, was a leading writer on interior design, food and gardening. 

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Excellent reading … I can't imagine a better book to give the enthusiastic cook

The Bookseller

Chronicles not just changing dining habits but the cookery book’s role in illustration and design

The Independent

As a history of cookbooks its a solid winner!

Midwest Book Review
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