The Bloomsbury Cookbook

The Bloomsbury Cookbook : Recipes for Life, Love and Art

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 169 x 235 x 40.64mm | 1,210g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 52 Illustrations, black and white; 113 Illustrations, color
  • 0500517304
  • 9780500517307
  • 84,267

Table of contents

Foreword by Anne Chisholm; `The Charleston Trust' by Virginia Nicholson; Introduction; 1. Before Bloomsbury (1890s-1904); 2. Old Bloomsbury (1904-14); 3. Bloomsbury in Wartime (1914-19); 4. An Appetite for Bloomsbury (1920s); 5. Bloomsbury and Abroad (1920s-1930s); 6. Bloomsbury in Eclipse (1930-41); 7. Bloomsbury's Offspring (1940s- ).
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'Witty and erudite' - The Spectator 'Glorious ... a feast of eccentric detail' - New Statesman 'An enticing blend of cultural and gastronomic history' - Times Literary Supplement 'Luxuriously produced ... packed with entertaining stories of Bloomsbury eccentricities' - Guardian 'A meticulous and lavishly illustrated account of the food of the Bloomsbury set ... summons up a lost world of meals on trays, milk puddings, gin slings and kedgeree' - Sunday Times 'Gets to the heart of the group by looking at what they put in their stomachs ... in page after delicious page, 50 years of soup, salmon and friendship unfurl' - Daily Telegraph 'A window onto Bloomsbury via recipes, grocery lists, pantries, kitchens and, above all, dining tables' - Virginia Nicholson 'Exceptionally beautiful ... the most endearing and enjoyable book yet about the Bloomsbury Group' - Country Life 'I need this book!' - Nigella Lawson
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About Jans Ondaatje Rolls

Jans Ondaatje Rolls was born in Toronto, educated in Canada and the United States, and emigrated to England in 1988. She is involved in fundraising for numerous charities and is an active supporter of Pallant House Gallery, Winston's Wish and the Charleston Trust. In 1982 she published the cookbook Chester Chowder, the proceeds of which support a home for children with special needs in Nova Scotia, and in 2009 she published Bosham Bisque, a cookbook for the benefit of Winston's Wish. She lives in Sussex with her husband and four children.
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