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Action Cook Book [Hardcover]

Len Deighton

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd (March 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224600494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224600491
  • Shipping Weight: 667 g

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple explanations and culture not status as motivation July 3 2011
By James Tetreault - Published on Amazon.com
First of all, I'm not a foodie. I don't subsist on fast food but I'm quite far being one of these twits always trying to impress you with how theyyyyyyy have the best mushrooms and theyyyyyyy only poured the wine over the potatoes right after they were finished cooking etc etc. So much of being a foodie comes across like a desperate grab for status to the rest of us. So, you used tarragon on the chicken, what do you want, a medal? The air of oneupsmanship about it dissuades lots of folks from bothering.

Deighton tells the story differently. With Deighton, you get cultural background about all these dishes. To me that was infinitely better. I couldn't care less about keeping up with the Jones's spice rack. Cooking something in the classic french way as opposed to a more recent way when the cultural derivatiion of the different methods is explained, that has some interest to me.

Thank you, Len, for getting past the food snobs to the history behind the food.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past Jan. 6 2014
By Stephen A. Saunders - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First saw this book in my school library a thousand years ago, and always wanted a copy, copy arrived within the time limit, and is just about immaculate. ( Well apart from the dedication on the first page , but I intend to enjoy it more than Dave obviously did )As an actual cook book, well it was written in the 60's, so that does have to be taken in to account, but on the quick look through I have given it the only thing that has really changed are the price mentioned . Most of the diet advice seems very up to date strangely. So a good book and I will be trying the recipes.

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