The Bloomsbury Cookbook: Recipes for Life, Love and Art
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The Bloomsbury Cookbook: Recipes for Life, Love and Art

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by Jans Ondaatje Rolls
     
 

Sheds light on the vivid personalities, ideas, and achievements of the Bloomsbury Group from a unique culinary perspective
Throwing aside the stifling patriarchy of late Victorian Britain, the Bloomsbury Group fostered a fresh, creative, and vital way of living that encouraged debate and communications, as often as not across the dining table. In The Bloomsbury

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Sheds light on the vivid personalities, ideas, and achievements of the Bloomsbury Group from a unique culinary perspective
Throwing aside the stifling patriarchy of late Victorian Britain, the Bloomsbury Group fostered a fresh, creative, and vital way of living that encouraged debate and communications, as often as not across the dining table. In The Bloomsbury Cookbook, Jans Ondaatje Rolls collects more than 180 recipes for dishes that take us into the very heart of their world through the meals around which they congregated, argued, debated, laughed, and loved.
Gathered at these tables were many of the great figures in art, literature, and economics as the modern world was created and tirelessly interpreted: E.M. Forster, Roger Fry, J.M. Keynes, Lytton Strachey, and Virginia Woolf, among many others. Arranged chronologically from the late 19th century through the ascendency of the group between the wars, all the way to their present-day legacy, the book gathers together hundreds of photographs, letters, journals, paintings, and delicious recipes—some handwritten and never-before-published—that bring to life the group’s lingering breakfasts and “painting lunches.” Part cookbook, part social and cultural history, The Bloomsbury Cookbook will delight the modern chef searching for a certain distinctiveness, but also recreates an intimate portrait of a vastly influential intellectual and artistic community.

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Editorial Reviews

Saveur
“Seamlessly weaves together history, recipes, hand-written notes, and liberal quotes from the characters involved for a unique literary and culinary feast.”
El Paso Times
“Just when you think everything has been written about the Bloomsbury Group . . . The Bloomsbury Cookbook offers a fascinating culinary perspective. Much more than a cookbook. . . . A social and cultural history liberally spiced with gossip, allowing us to “taste” the heady lives of the Bloomsbury Group.”
Shelf Awareness
“A revelatory collection of art, history, photography and literary memoir of the Bloomsbury Group, as seen through recipes culled from the culinary archives and personal cookbooks of its members.”
Midwest Book Review
“Fascinating.”
Victorian Homes
“Through painstaking research, Rolls has pieced together a gastronomical history of the Bloomsbury group, providing an intimate peek into the past and revealing a new facet of the group’s friendship. . . . Rolls offers readers a chance to experience the Bloomsbury group like never before.”
Woolf Studies Annual
“Plumbs an inarguably rich archive of food references and recipes among Woolf’s circle. . . . Ondaatje Rolls’s whimsical sensibility, good humor, and excellent storytelling skills are distinguishing features of the entire work.”
Library Journal
06/01/2014
In the early 1900s, a group of writers, artists, intellectuals, and philosophers came together as the Bloomsbury Group. Members met to discuss and debate the important topics of the time, including feminism and sexuality. Rolls (Bosham Bisque) presents the group, which included Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E.M. Forster, and Lytton Strachey, using the lens of food: what they cooked and what they ate. While the book includes 190 recipes, it also serves as an intimate glimpse into the social and cultural world of the group's members. Part cookbook and part social history, the work is arranged chronologically, beginning in the late 19th century and progressing through two world wars. In addition to the recipes, it contains photographs, letters, journals, and paintings that shed light on these individuals and their approaches to life at the table and beyond. VERDICT This is a well-written and well-researched work that uses food to reintroduce readers to a fascinating group. Public libraries should consider.—Lisa Ennis, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500517307
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
04/22/2014
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
556,019
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author

Jans Ondaatje Rolls is the author of the cookbooks Bosham Bisque and Chester Chowder.

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