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The Bloomsbury Cookbook: Recipes for Life,…

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

by Jans Ondaatje Rolls

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Here the Bloomsbury story is told in seven broadly chronological chapters, beginning in the 1890s and finishing in the very recent past. The Bloomsbury Group fostered a fresh, creative and vital way of living that encouraged debate and communication (only connect), as often as not across the dining table. Gathered at these tables were many of the great figures in art, literature and economics in the early twentieth century: E.M. Forster, Roger Fry, J.M. Keynes, Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf, among many others. Each chapter comprises a series of narratives, many of which are enhanced with an appropriate recipe, along with sketches, paintings, photographs, letters and handwritten notes, and featuring original quotations throughout. Part cookbook, part social and cultural history, this book will appeal to lovers of food and lovers of literature alike.… (more)
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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. ( )
2 vote dajashby | Apr 21, 2014 |
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