A Visual History of Cookery
Hardcover, 349 pages; 2009
This unusually fascinating culinary reference traces the gastronomic histories of France, England, Italy, Spain, and America, with a focus on "the aesthetic aspect of food and its preparation." Each chapter focuses on a country, offering hundreds of vivid images--paintings of feasts throughout history; illustrations of cooking methods from cookbooks; photos of kitchens, dining rooms, cookware, ingredients, and prepared dishes; reproductions of decadent menus; and more. The striking visuals are accompanied by engaging and informative text tracking the development of each country's culinary traditions, enlightening contributions by such food writers as Elizabeth David and Alice Waters, and profiles of contemporary celebrity chefs and their influences. Best of all, you'll find rundowns of each country's iconic dishes, with recipes included! A Visual History of Cookery makes beautiful and fascinating browsing for anyone who loves to cook…or to eat!