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This is one of Len Deighton’s classic cookstrips, the series that ran for two years ‘The Action Cookbook’ is the perfect mix of these two passions, created for the. Long before he became one of the 20th century’s leading thriller writers, Len Deighton was a top food writer. His famous “cookstrips”. Action Cook Book has 56 ratings and 8 reviews. Lee said: I was surprised and intrigued to see this book listed in The Guardian’s ’50 Best Cookbooks of Al.

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The simplest way of cooking meat is to put it in the oven, where radiant heat dries the moisture as it comes to the surface of the meat. In this article by Robin Strummer from DecemberLen Deighton recalls his background cookkbook food and explains the practical reasons why he started writing the cookstrips and the secret of their sustained popularity. Andrew rated it deignton liked it Mar 06, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Len Deighton’s Action Cookbook – Voices of East Anglia

When meat is heated it shrinks in bulk. In the staid world of sixties cookery writing, this unique approach was a revelation and made Deighton as famous for cooking as for his novels, in the sixties.

He had his name removed from the credits of the film, however, which was a move that he later described as “stupid and infantile. Tuesday, November 16, Len Deighton: Strangely useful retro cookbook.


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Profiteroles from The Cook Strip Cookbook — click to enlarge. Deighton demonstrates his knowledge as a gourmand; as well as being an accomplished chef, he grew up with a food background as his mother was a cook. The object of a cook must be to minimize this escape.

Good re-edition of the original, which I have and is pretty tatty now. Nick Weeks rated it liked it Feb 07, lrn Alessandro rated it it was amazing Sep 07, Views Read Edit View history.

I am lucky enough to have two copies of the first edition in hardback, the first in paperback and the new hardback. Harry Palmer made a mean omelet. A taste of the action: Nov 10, DeCarabas rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aimed at “an audience of men unskilled at knowing their way around the kitchen”[1] the book has been described as a cult classic from the period and helped pave the transition from cooking being only for women, into bring a sophisticated expectation of a modern man.

Dec 03, Jen Kelly added it. Before he began his writing career he worked as an illustrator in New York and, inas an art director in a London advertising agency. He also wrote travel guides and became travel editor of Playboybefore becoming a film producer.

Written in a simple step-by-step style, clearly aimed at an audience of men unskilled at knowing their way around the kitchen. For an idea of it: Eighty original recipes from the series Deighton produced for The Observer newspaper between and are reproduced in this, his most famous – and revolutionary – cookbook. Stephen Evans rated it it was amazing Jul 01, A new selection of cook strips are to be run in The Observer food magazine each month in He briefly resided in Blackrock, County Louth in Ireland.


One thing I love is his nothing-fancy, just-the-facts prose. Jun 07, Salvatore rated it liked it.

With additional text on compiling a basic food stock, kitchen equipment, bar stock, wine appreciation, cigar ditto etc. His father was a chauffeur and colkbook, and his mother was a part-time cook. I was surprised and intrigued to see this book listed in The Guardian ‘s ‘ 50 Best Cookbooks of All Time ‘ a few years ago.

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Well, really, all of his works, whether they’re explicit about it or not, are gastronomically oriented. All content c Rob Mallows unless otherwise stated.

He worked for Playboy a lot before the novels took off, and it shows. Len Deighton’s Action Cook Book is a collection of cookery strips known as a cookstripan invention of Len Deighton ‘s from his days as a student at the Royal College of Art originally published in the Observer newspaper, with additional information and notes.

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CookbooksLen Deighton. Aug 28, Catherine Dumont added it. Kalkino rated it it was amazing Jul 22, Len Deighton’s cult Sixties’ cookbook is back. Two great books from one of my all time favorite authors!