The Cookbook Library

The Cookbook LibraryThe Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook by Anne Willan {with Mark Cherniavsky and Kyri Claflin}

TX 645 .W53 2012

“This gorgeously illustrated volume began as notes on the collection of antiquarian cookbooks and culinary images gathered by the renowned cookbook author Anne Willan, the founder of the famed La Varenne Cooking School in Paris and Burgundy, and her husband Mark Cherniavsky. From the spiced sauces of medieval times to the massive roasts and ragouts of Louis XIV’s court to elegant eighteenth-century chilled desserts, The Cookbook Library guides readers through four centuries of European and early American cuisine. As Willan tastes her way through the centuries, describing how each cookbook reflects its time, she also shares the stories behind the recipes and illuminates culinary crosscurrents between England, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. A deeply personal labor of love, The Cookbook Library traces the history of writing recipes and includes some of Willan’s and Cherniavsky’s favorites, inviting readers to join them on an enthralling journey back in time.” – publisher description

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