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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Action Cook Book – Summary Eighty original recipes from the series Deighton veighton for The Observer newspaper between and are reproduced in this, his most famous – and revolutionary – cookbook. Jonathan Elliman rated it it was amazing Feb 07, David rated it really liked it Oct 07, He briefly resided in Blackrock, County Louth in Ireland.

The second half of the book reprints many of these strips with accompanying notes whilst the first half contains more general, short, pieces about such things as equipping a kitchen and – for those who truly wish to emulate Harry Palmer or, perhaps, Austin Powers – which wines to buy and keep when first laying down a cellar. Mike Gloady rated it really liked it May 10, Nick rated it liked it Mar 03, I’m a huge fan of Len Deighton’s, especially his cookstrips and other gastronomically oriented works.

Good re-edition of the original, which I have and is pretty tatty now. Sample text ‘All meat contains moisture, and the retention of this moisture means the retention of flavour. Deighton before The Ipcress File. Len Deighton’s lne Sixties’ cookbook is back. This means that it can no longer hold the same moisture-content and the moisture escapes.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Because before he became famous as the thriller writer of his generation, Len Deighton had trained as a pastry chef. His father was a chauffeur and mechanic, and his mother was a part-time cook. Jun 10, Neil marked it as to-read Cookbooi He had his name removed from the credits of the film, however, which was a move that he later described as “stupid and infantile. Jack Moodie rated it liked it Feb 23, The following year David Stirling would be awarded substantial damages in libel from the article.


Vookbook Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Profiteroles from The Cook Strip Cookbook — click to enlarge. 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.

The simplest way of cooking meat is to put it in the oven, where radiant heat dries the moisture as it comes to the surface of the meat. Deighgon Cook Book, UK first edition, Open Preview See a Problem?

The Deighton Dossier

Have you tried any of the recipes? Retrieved from ” https: Before he began his writing career he worked as an illustrator in New York and, inas an art director in a London advertising agency.

Kalkino rated it it was amazing Jul 22, 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 ocokbook of their sustained popularity.

We were lucky to score the books at a stall in front of a vintage shop in Glasgow a few years back.

Unusual for a cookbook, a kind of hyper-male attitude designed to appeal to his male audience. Strangely useful retro cookbook. Sep 05, Lee Broderick rated it it was ok Shelves: Stephen Evans rated it it was amazing Jul 01, 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.


Action Cook Book by Len Deighton

Len Deighton’s Action Cook Book is a collection of cookery strips known as a cookstripan invention of Len Deighton ‘s from his days as a student at the Royal College of Art originally published in the Observer newspaper, with additional information and notes. Jun 07, Salvatore rated it liked it. 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! 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 of the book, the “action cook strips” themselves, full of recipes and helpful commentary on foods that I don’t know how to pronounce.

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.

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

With additional text on compiling a basic food stock, kitchen equipment, bar stock, wine appreciation, cigar ditto etc. One thing I love is his nothing-fancy, just-the-facts prose. Matthew rated it really liked it Aug 01, Lists with This Book.

Action Cook Book by Len Deighton. Dean Kelly rated it it was amazing Feb 22, I was surprised and intrigued to see this book listed in The Guardian ‘s ‘ 50 Best Cookbooks of All Time ‘ a few years ago. Before that, he had apparently had a short career as a graphic illustrator deightom his columns took the form of graphic panels like this one:

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