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The Bloomsbury Cookbook: Recipes for Life, Love and Art (2014)

by Jans Ondaatje Rolls

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    The Impressionists' Table by Pamela Todd (dajashby)
    dajashby: An equally charming book, also copiously illustrated, taking a similar approach to the French impressionist painters - who also didn't cook but were seriously interested in eating.

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What a beautiful book! Both the anecdotes and the illustrations are wonderful. And the recipes are also very interesting, although not the main point of this book.

PS this copy belongs to the library. But I want one of my own! ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Jul 21, 2015 |
A beautiful book and provides an focused insight onto the daily lives of the group through their cookery. Like with other artists it is a delightful perspective on their relationships even if one wouldn't actually use many of the recipes. ( )
  vanessajiw | Jan 27, 2015 |
OK, most of the Bloomsbury Group couldn't boil an egg. They had servants to do the cooking, but they were foodies who took great interest in what they ate. They provided their cooks with up-to-date equipment and cookbooks, collected recipes, took an interest in ingredients (Lytton Strachey enjoyed growing vegetables and keeping chooks) and conducted their intellectual lives at table.

This fascinating book is copiously illustrated and a beautiful thing in itself - if there is a Kindle edition, don't be tempted. And there are nearly 300 recipes. ( )
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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.

165 illustrations, 113 in color

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"Part cookbook, part social and cultural history, this book will delight both Bloomsbury group aficionados and those new to the subject, with over 170 recipes from members of the group, including Frances Partridge, Helen Anrep and David and Angelica Garnett, accompanied by hundreds of paintings, photographs and quotations"--Publisher's website.… (more)

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