To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Action Cook Book , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Sep 05, Lee Broderick rated it it was ok Shelves: I was surprised and intrigued to see this book listed in The Guardian 's ' 50 Best Cookbooks of All Time ' a few years ago. Surprised because I only knew Len Deighton as the author of trashy thrillers and intrigued because I then learnt that he had once been a food writer for The Observer before becoming a successful novelist in the mid-sixties.
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Before that, he had apparently had a short career as a graphic illustrator and his columns took the form of graphic panels like this one: One of these colum I was surprised and intrigued to see this book listed in The Guardian 's ' 50 Best Cookbooks of All Time ' a few years ago. One of these columns is pinned to the notice board in Harry Palmer's kitchen in the film version of Deighton's The Ipcress File and much is made of that connection in this reprint, which features blurb from the film's star Michael Caine.
The second half of the book reprints many of these strips with accompanying notes whilst the first half contains more general, short, pieces about such things as equipping a kitchen and - for those who truly wish to emulate Harry Palmer or, perhaps, Austin Powers - which wines to buy and keep when first laying down a cellar.
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That last bit is something of a clue as to the tone of the book as a whole - it's aimed squarely at bachelors who might want to impress the ladies with their cooking skills as the cover image also suggests although, obviously, anyone first embarking on culinary adventures might find something to gain from the text. It has to be said though, that I did find some of the advice as dated as its near half-century age would suggest and its tone almost as kitsch as its cover.
The book focusses almost exclusively on French haute-cuisine - fashionable at the time but no longer so and not to my taste. Nov 10, DeCarabas rated it it was amazing Shelves: For the utterly clueless in the kitchen like myself , there are chapters on all the things that should be a required part of our formal education but aren't, like "Cooking Terms" and "Buy These Items Each Week".
The Bachelor Food The Quick Cook chapter helpfully eases you in, and once all the basics have been covered for us clueless newbies, then there is the bulk of the book, the "action cook strips" themselves, full of recipes and helpful commentary on foods that I don My god. The Bachelor Food The Quick Cook chapter helpfully eases you in, and once all the basics have been covered for us clueless newbies, then there is the bulk of the book, the "action cook strips" themselves, full of recipes and helpful commentary on foods that I don't know how to pronounce.
Where does one even buy calves' brains? Dec 03, Jen Kelly added it. Possibly the most useful and hilarious cookbook ever.http://rvgsuplidoraindustrial.com/libraries/tebaqodyb/averiguar-ubicacion-celular-por-gps.html
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Aug 13, Tim rated it it was amazing. Deighton before The Ipcress File. Compiled partly from his ' cookstrips ' in a popular English broadsheet he shows how to prepare and cook a variety of meals for those who aspire to more than bacon and eggs! With additional text on compiling a basic food stock, kitchen equipment, bar stock, wine appreciation, cigar ditto etc. I am lucky enough to have two copies of the first edition in hardback, the first in paperback and the new hardback. Tri Deighton before The Ipcress File. Jun 10, Neil marked it as to-read Shelves: Good re-edition of the original, which I have and is pretty tatty now.
This is the only cookbook I read as a kid and liked. For an idea of it: Jun 07, Salvatore rated it liked it. David Stoney rated it liked it May 24, Nick rated it liked it Mar 03, Djonski rated it it was amazing Dec 10, Alan Rosenblatt rated it it was amazing Mar 22, David rated it really liked it Oct 07, Steve rated it really liked it Nov 04, Jon Moore rated it it was amazing May 21, Andrew rated it really liked it Mar 06, Stephen Evans rated it it was amazing Jul 01, Mike Gloady rated it really liked it May 10, Alessandro rated it it was amazing Sep 07, Aug 28, Catherine Dumont added it.
Click here for a list of interest-specific sites grouped by category. If you are located outside the U. I learned a lot about food from playing Harry Palmer' Michael Caine. This is one of Len Deighton's classic cookstrips, the series that ran for two years when he was the Observer food writer. Because before he became famous as the thriller writer of his generation, Len Deighton had trained as a pastry chef.
It now has a great following as a fabulous piece of nostalgia as well as retaining real credibility as a genuinely useful cook book. It is a shockingly good cookbook. Thanks for signing up! We've emailed you instructions for claiming your free e-book. Tell us more about what you like to read so we can send you the best offers and opportunities.
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