The Cookbook Library

Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook

By Anne Willan; Mark Cherniavsky; Kyri Claflin
(University of California Press, Hardcover, 9780520244009, 344pp.)

Publication Date: April 2012

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Description
This gorgeously illustrated volume began as notes on the collection of cookbooks and culinary images gathered by renowned cookbook author Anne Willan 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" draws from renowned cookbook author Anne Willan's and her husband Mark Cherniavsky's antiquarian cookbook library to guide readers through four centuries of European and early American cuisine. As the authors taste their way through the centuries, describing how each cookbook reflects its time, Willan illuminates culinary crosscurrents among the cuisines of England, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. A deeply personal labor of love, "The Cookbook Library" traces the history of the recipe and includes some of their favorites.



About the Author
Anne Willan is recognized as one of the world s preeminent authorities on French cooking. She founded Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris in 1975. Inducted into the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame in May of 2013, Anne has more than 50 years of experience as a teacher, cookbook author, culinary historian and food columnist. She has written more than 30 books, including the influential La Varenne Pratique and the 17-volume, photo-illustrated Look and Cook series, showcased in her 26-part PBS program. Anne has given cooking demonstrations and lectures throughout North America as well as in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Chile and was a regular guest on The Martha Stewart Show. Her book, The Cookbook Library: The Cooks, Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook (University of California Press, 2012), has received the prestigious Gourmand Hall of Fame Award and the Jane Grigson Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Anne s memoir, One Souffle at a Time: A Memoir with Recipes, was released in Fall, 2013, and won the prize for Best Literary Food Writing from the International Association of Culinary Professionals in 2014.



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