Great Cooks and Their Recipes-From Taillevent to Escoffier (US)


by Anne Willan, Bullfinch Books/ Little Brown, 1992 first American edition of 1977 U.K. publication. Hardback with DJ, 199 pages. Cover photograph of a Francesco Leonardi painting. La Willan’s first book, we believe (check out the 40-something-year-old youngster on the back cover), A scholarly book, offering bio material and recipes of cooks/chefs from the 13th century to the 20th century: “From Taillevent to Escoffier” is the subtitle. Many vintage color and b&w illustrations throughout. There are many culinary artists from the past presented who we didn’t know. Yes, there’s Caréme and Beeton and Fannie Farmer. But she also presents Martino, Hannah Gasse and Francesco Leonardi, and more. One hell of a debut. Terrific primer. VG+/VG+.

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