CLASSIC COOKBOOKS

Old and Vintage Cookbooks  

I love leafing through antiquarian cook books, especially ones that describe recipes from years gone by. Old and Vintage Cookbooks sells vintage culinary tomes from every decade. Enjoy a little piece of history when you digest Mrs. Beeton’s Household Management, revisit La Cuisine Creole from 1885, find out The True Story of HP Sauce, or consult the array of recipes from Ecole du Petit Cordon Bleu published in 1960 or Jason Hill’s Wild Foods of Britain from 1939.

Though modern cookbooks present plenty of new ideas, they don’t often have the colourful descriptions of places or the amusing cooking methods of the old books. Elizabeth David’s A Book of Mediterranean Food reads as well and with as vivid an imagination as any novel ever written about the Med. When you enjoy her books you can see and smell the ingredients and landscapes of her surroundings.

When it comes to sauces, syrups, stews and puddings, you will find that old can be gold. I like to rifle through these like one would a coffee table book. Their language is as refreshing as the dishes they describe and digesting one will instantly transport you back to a bygone era when calories were not counted and no one worried whether dairy products and meat were frightfully healthy. The company also offers titles on game, wine and sport. These make ideal presents for that ‘man who has everything,’ and if you are after a specific title, www.oldandvintagecookbooks.com can track it down for you.

— Mrs M

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