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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All content c Rob Mallows unless otherwise stated. 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. Because before he became famous as the thriller writer of his generation, Len Deighton had trained as a pastry chef.

You can briefly see it here at about the 1: It now has a great following as a fabulous piece of nostalgia as well as retaining real credibility as a genuinely useful cook book.

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The book focusses almost exclusively on French haute-cuisine – fashionable at the time but no longer so and not to my taste. In the foreword to the edition of the book, Deighton describes it thus: Aug 13, Tim rated it it was amazing.

Borscht from the Cook Strip Cookbook — click to enlarge. Hardcoveractikn.


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

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I’m a huge fan of Len Deighton’s, especially his cookstrips and other gastronomically oriented works. Deighton demonstrates his knowledge as a gourmand; as well as being an accomplished chef, he grew up with a food background as his mother reighton a cook.

Many cooks prefer to sprinkle the outside of meat with flour in order that these juices should dry rather than drip to the bottom of the pan.

It assumes little knowledge; it offers recipes but also gives advice with illustrations on such subjects as why a refrigerator is a good thing to have in a kitchen really! Aug 28, Catherine Dumont added it.

Nick rated it liked it Mar 03, Andrew rated it really liked it Mar 06, Deighton before The Ipcress File. We were lucky to score the books at a stall in front of a vintage shop in Glasgow a few years back. Surprised because I only knew Len Deighton as the author of trashy thrillers and intrigued because I then learnt that he had once been a food writer for The Observer before becoming a successful novelist in the mid-sixties.

He also wrote travel guides and became travel editor of Playboybefore becoming a film producer.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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.

This means that it can no longer hold the same moisture-content and the moisture escapes. This is the only cookbook I read as a kid and liked. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Eighty original recipes from the series Deighton produced for The Observer newspaper between and are reproduced in this, his most famous – and revolutionary – cookbook.


He briefly resided in Blackrock, County Louth in Ireland. Unusual for a cookbook, a kind of hyper-male attitude designed to appeal to his male audience.

The design is clearly aimed to appeal to the sixties bachelor – the front cover features a pistol with a sprig of parsley in the barrel. Dec 03, Jen Kelly added it. For an idea of it: The following year David Stirling would be awarded substantial damages in libel from the article.

Alan Rosenblatt rated it it was cookbook Mar 22, Kalkino rated it it was amazing Jul 22, 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 deihton the book, the “action cook strips” themselves, full of recipes and helpful commentary on foods that I don’t know how to pronounce. This is one of Len Deighton’s classic cookstrips, the series that ran for two years when he was the Observer food writer.

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