The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook

Anne Willan (Author)Kyri Claflin (Author)
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This gorgeously illustrated volume began as notes on the collection of cookbooks and culinary images gathered by renowned cookbook author Anne Willan and her husband Mark Cherniavsky. From the spiced sauces of medieval times to the massive roasts and ragoûts of Louis XIV’s court to elegant eighteenth-century chilled desserts, The Cookbook Library draws from renowned cookbook author Anne Willan’s and her husband Mark Cherniavsky’s antiquarian cookbook library to guide readers through four centuries of European and early American cuisine. As the authors taste their way through the centuries, describing how each cookbook reflects its time, Willan illuminates culinary crosscurrents among the cuisines of England, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. A deeply personal labor of love, The Cookbook Library traces the history of the recipe and includes some of their favorites.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (April 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520244001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520244009
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.7 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds

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Excellent book. Highly recommended!, May 21, 2012

By Cookpastry 4.0 out of 5 stars4.0 out of 5 stars4.0 out of 5 stars4.0 out of 5 stars4.0 out of 5 stars

The book jacket calls The Cookbook Library 'a deeply personal labor of love.' That this book is indeed a labor of love will quickly become apparent to all who open its pages. It is a beautiful tribute to cookbooks and is hugely informative. The authors own thousands of cookbooks, and I gather this book started out as a pet project to catalog their vast collection. As it turned out, they were generous enough to spend what I'm sure took many years fine-tuning their knowledge and putting it into this volume so that they could share their collection with others.You can feel the author's love of these books as you read The Cookbook Library, and you can quickly see why they love their cookbooks as much as they do: these old books are charming, funny, and revelatory in equal parts. Reading this book is like walking through a great museum - there are tons of pictures, great captions, and the whole experience provides you with an excellent overview of the history of eating and...

Interesting but not mainstream, February 15, 2013

By I. Darren 4.0 out of 5 stars4.0 out of 5 stars4.0 out of 5 stars4.0 out of 5 stars4.0 out of 5 stars

The cookbook has an illustrious past, yet for many centuries such cookbooks were not ordinarily in the reach of the common person. Today cookbooks can act as a historical guide, showing changing culinary tastes and even the migration of different cultures. It is a lot more than just a collection of recipes.This book is truly a work of love, reflecting the authors love and passion for cookbooks, looking at four centuries of European and early American cuisine through the eyes of the printed word. In more recent times the cookbook has become more democratised, more personalised, more stylised, a transformation from a book of learning and education to often a more coffee-table, lifestyle affair, accessible by the masses rather than just by the master classes.Technological advances today mean that cookbooks can be something that nobody could have imagined even 100 years ago. Full colour photographs, adventurous layouts and even online resources. Yet the dependence...

Great read, November 16, 2013

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Brilliant. a great study of by gone era and bringing cooking to the front! The old recipes were fantastic and I just had to try them out in the modern day kitchen.

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