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Lillian Langseth Christensen - Gourmet's Old Vienna Cookbook (2nd Hand Hardback)

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Original price £24.95
Current price £21.95
SKU SHB000909
  • Format : Large, Leather Bound 2nd Hand Hardback
  • Condition : Good
  • Category : Non-Fiction - Cookbooks, Food & Drink
  • Published : 1959 (1st Ed - Published in Britain by Hamish Hamilton)
  • ISBN : N/A
  • SKU : SHB000909
  • PPC : SP1500
  • Quantity Available : 1

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A Viennese Memoir.

"A keeper - a delightful and exhaustive compendium (624 pages) of old Viennese recipes as served during the 50s and 60s. just like the food people eat with a degree of elegance and formality in old technicolor movies.

Each chapter covers one ingredient like chicken, game or eggs or vegetable, and is introduced by a few paragraphs about Viennese life and tradition, wittily observed and beautifully written. There are line drawings throughout in the fashionable style of the time, as well as colour photographs of some of the dishes (perhaps less than a tenth of the recipes are illustrated). I imagine it was in its time for festive and entertainment menus sophisticated housewives kept in their kitchen.

The nostalgia and historical value aside, there is something about this book that somehow conveys the magic of 'dining' and sharing at a table, and it does it silently with an authentic spirit, and love and generosity suffuse every page. Even the cover is designed in such a way as if the author was confident the book would become a well loved heirloom, passed from mother to daughter.

It really is a lovely book to have, and friends have remarked how much the spirit of the book finds its way onto the table whenever I attempt a few of the retro recipes." - Goodreads Review.

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