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 Deighton Dossier

Action Cook Book, UK first edition, Nick rated it liked it Mar 03, Good re-edition of the original, which I have and is pretty tatty now. Written in a simple step-by-step style, clearly aimed at an audience of men unskilled at knowing their deightoj around the kitchen.

The cookbook was mentioned in an episode of The Supersizers Andrew rated it really liked it Mar 06, David rated it really liked it Oct 07, Sep 05, Lee Broderick rated it it was ok Shelves: Kalkino rated it it was amazing Jul 22, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

In the foreword to the edition of the book, Deighton describes it thus: Here Len recommends half a 70 cl bottle 35 cl of hard spirit e.

Jonathan Elliman rated it it was amazing Feb 07, Aug 13, Tim rated it it was amazing. Deighton was born in Marylebone, London, in It has to be said though, that I did find some of the advice as dated as its near half-century age would suggest and its tone almost as kitsch as its cover.

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Stephen Evans rated it it was amazing Jul 01, Possibly the axtion useful and hilarious cookbook ever. Steve rated it really liked it Nov 04, The first cook strip appeared in the Deignton on March 18, with the headline “Cook-strip Starts with the Rudiments” and was “devised to show, in the simplest way, the basic rules of cooking.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Profiteroles from The Cook Strip Cookbook — click to enlarge.

Len Deighton’s Action Cook Book – Wikipedia

Where does one even buy calves’ brains? You can briefly see it here at about the 1: The object of a cook must be to minimize this escape.

We were lucky to score the books at a stall in front of a vintage shop in Glasgow a few years back. Everyone appreciates and prefers the outside dwighton slices. The following year David Stirling would be awarded substantial damages in libel from the article.

Jon Moore rated it it was amazing May 21, The book was reissued in by Harper Perennial an imprint cookbooo Harper Collins with original content and artwork, the 2nd edition of the cover artwork, and an additional updated introduction.

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This page was last edited on 1 Decemberat Unusual for a cookbook, a kind of hyper-male attitude designed to appeal to his male audience. A recent Daily Telegraph interview noted: Keith Stewart rated it it was amazing Dec 07, The Guardian’s food writer recently voted Action Cookbook as one of the best cookbooks of the twentieth.

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Cooked Books: Len Deighton: The Spy Who Came In From the Kitchen

He worked for Playboy a lot before the novels took off, and it shows. Want to Read saving….

It now has a great following as a fabulous piece of nostalgia as well as retaining real credibility as a genuinely useful cook book. He has since used his drawing skills to illustrate a number of his own military cookbook books. I am lucky enough to have two copies of the first edition in hardback, the first in paperback and the new hardback.

In the staid world of sixties cookery writing, this unique approach was a revelation and made Deighton as famous for cooking as for his novels, in the sixties.

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Action Cook Book

The recipes show a real level of sophistication and are testament to his status as a gourmand. Action Cook Book – Summary Eighty original recipes from the series Deighton produced for The Observer newspaper between and are reproduced in this, his most famous – and revolutionary – cookbook.

Deighton leaves nothing uncovered; on the endpapers are traditional butcher’s illustration showing the different cuts of meat possible from cows, calves, lamb and pork. Two great books from one of my all time favorite authors!