Margaret Costa's Four Seasons Cookery Book - Inscribed


by Margaret Costa, Cookery Book Club, first edition, 1970. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by author on the inside title page. Very hard to find. Heavy hardback with DJ with paintings front and back from the series "The Four Seasons" by Jodocus de Mompter, 350 pages. Illustrated by John tribe. Green boards.

This is her first and, amazingly, her only book, which despite its importance, was out of print for decades. Along with Elizabeth David and Jane Grigson, Costa, wine and food editor of the Sunday Times Magazine, was one of the three post-war U.K. cookery writers whose mouth-watering descriptions of fresh ingredient selection and preparation had immeasurable influence that continues to this day. She opened the eyes of British home cooks to the importance of using seasonal ingredients and introducing such wild notions as garlic butter and non-canned olives (!).

Frankly, we didn't know about Costa until now. Perhaps you're in the same boat. We seldom pass on an obit, but the 1999 send off in the Guardian by British food writer James Slater deserves your attention:

An important book. Except for four neatly written UK/US measurement equivalents on the FEP, this lovely example would be VG+/VG+.

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