Victory in the Kitchen
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Victory in the Kitchen : The Life of Churchill's Cook

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This is the story of a woman who was not a royal, not rich, not famous, simply someone who worked hard and enjoyed her life. Beginning in 1882, she ranged through life in the country, life in the town, life in her own house, and in that of others. She travelled, married, had children and a highly successful career. For while Georgina Landemare saw herself as ordinary, her accomplishments, and the life she lived, were anything but. She started her career as a nursemaid, and ended it cooking for one of the best-known figures in British history, a man to whom food was central, not only as a pleasure by itself, but as a diplomatic tool in a time when the world was embroiled in a worldwide war.

Victory in the Kitchen is a culinary biography: a life lived through food, ranging from rural Berkshire to wartime London, via Belle Epoque Paris and prohibition-era New York. Through one eager eater, and one skilled cook, Annie Gray contextualises twentieth century food through two figures who were both intimately involved with it. Recipes include Georgina's German Kougelhof, Curried Brains, macaroons, Boodles Orange, Mousse de Maple and 'Chocolat Cake Good'.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 37mm | 516g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 8 page black and white plate section
  • 1788160444
  • 9781788160445
  • 4,442

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Praise for Annie Gray's * The Greedy Queen * Had me at the first sentence -- Nigel Slater Zingy, fresh, and unexpected: Annie Gray, the queen of food historians, finds her perfect subject. A book to devour -- Lucy Worsley Annie Gray is a brilliant writer and scholar who brings a glorious combination of enthusiasm and greed to every subject she tackles. In the field of food history she leads the pack -- Jay Rayner Gray writes with great authority, verve and confidence * The Times * Wonderfully researched and entertaining * Spectator * Deliciously entertaining * Daily Mail * Victory in the Kitchen ... recreates a corner of early 20th-century domestic life * Spectator * Gray is an inventive researcher ... she likes to get close up to the everyday past * Spectator *
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About Annie Gray

Annie Gray is an historian, cook, broadcaster and writer specialising in the history of food and dining in Britain from around 1600 to the present day. She has presented TV history documentaries including Victorian Bakers and The Sweetmakers, and appears on BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet. She lives in East Anglia.
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