The Cookbook Library by Anne Willan
Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook

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...it was one of those books that I had a hard time putting down. In addition to the detailed and riveting history, Willan includes actual recipes from the books she cites...
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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.
 

About Anne Willan

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Anne Willan, founder of La Varenne Cooking School, is the author of many cookbooks including the James Beard Award winner, The Country Cooking of France. Mark Cherniavsky has collected antiquarian cookbooks for more than fifty years. Kyri Claflin is coeditor of Writing Food History: A Global Perspective.
 
Published April 2, 2012 by University of California Press. 344 pages
Genres: History, Cooking, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Noelle Carter on May 04 2012

...it was one of those books that I had a hard time putting down. In addition to the detailed and riveting history, Willan includes actual recipes from the books she cites...

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