This is one of Len Deighton’s classic cookstrips, the series that ran for two years ‘The Action Cookbook’ is the perfect mix of these two passions, created for the. Long before he became one of the 20th century’s leading thriller writers, Len Deighton was a top food writer. His famous “cookstrips”. Action Cook Book has 56 ratings and 8 reviews. Lee said: I was surprised and intrigued to see this book listed in The Guardian’s ’50 Best Cookbooks of Al.
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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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. You can briefly see it here at about the 1: Jun 07, Salvatore aciton it liked it.
This is the only cookbook I read as a kid and liked.
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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.
The simplest way of cooking meat is to put it in the oven, where radiant heat dries the moisture as it comes to the surface of the meat. I was surprised and intrigued to see this book listed in The Guardian ‘s ‘ 50 Best Cookbooks of All Time ‘ a few years ago.
He has not returned to England apart from some personal visits and very few media appearances, his last one since being a interview which formed part of a “Len Deighton Night” on BBC Four.
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.
In this article by Robin Strummer from DecemberLen Deighton recalls his background in food and explains the practical reasons why he started writing the cookstrips and the secret of their sustained popularity. One thing I ln is his nothing-fancy, just-the-facts prose.
When meat is heated it shrinks in bulk.
Action Cook Book by Len Deighton
Keith Stewart rated it it was seighton Dec 07, Jon Moore rated it it was amazing May 21, Lists with This Book. Well, really, all of his works, whether they’re explicit about it or not, are gastronomically oriented. Adrian Biles rated it really liked it Mar 29, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
This equates to Aug 28, Catherine Dumont added it. No trivia or quizzes yet. I am lucky enough to have two copies of the first edition in hardback, the first in paperback and the new hardback. Views Read Edit View history. Compiled partly from his ‘ cookstrips ‘ deightoon a popular English broadsheet he shows how adtion prepare and cook a variety of meals for those who aspire to more than bacon and eggs!
After leaving school, Deighton worked as a railway clerk before performing his National Service, which he spent as a photographer for the Royal Air Force’s Special Investigation Branch. This means that it can no longer hold the same moisture-content and the moisture escapes. 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 cookbook much is made of that connection in this reprint, which features blurb from the film’s star Michael Caine.
Return to Book Page. Matthew rated it really liked it Aug 01, The cookbook was mentioned in an episode of The Supersizers Deighton before The Ipcress File.
Dec 03, Jen Kelly added it. Sep 05, Lee Broderick rated it it was ok Shelves: Retrieved from ” https: The spy who fed me: Written in a simple step-by-step style, clearly aimed at an audience of men unskilled at knowing their way around the kitchen.
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