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

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    Highly recommend for anyone interested in food

    Not a cookbook as such, but a book about cookbook--their history and the history and evolution of both chefs and the home cook. It's a gorgeous book written with clarity and care by two people who love and respect those who write about and those who create food. It's a fine addition to the library of anyone interested in the history of gastronomy, the development of cookbooks, the gastronomic trends that have come and gone--as well as those who just love to cook and to read about it.

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

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    This book is a cross between a history lesson on cookbooks, a lo

    This book is a cross between a history lesson on cookbooks, a look into a cookbook author's book collection and a cookbook. It tells how cookbooks began and takes you through time to discover where the cookbooks we use today came from.

    This book is well written and for a foodie might be fascinating history. I am not a foodie and was very quickly bored to tears. I received a kindle ARC (Advance Reader Copy) which makes it difficult to judge. It was very full of grammatical, spelling and type errors. This made it very difficult to read. But I'm hoping that these were removed from the final copy. I also think it would also be easier to read in print.
    I didn't hate the book because the writing was good. But the subject matter and numerous errors soon had my eyes glassing over. This book isn't for the casual reader, it's for serious foodies with a desire to understand more about cookbooks and their history.

    I received this book free of charge from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion.

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