'How does one go about achieving some Harry Palmer style? Details first. Remember, Palmer is a gourmet, so get hold of the Len Deighton “Action Cook Book”.’ Michael Jacovides, GQ
'Len Deighton's “Action Cook Book” is not a good cookbook. It is a shockingly good cookbook.' Paul Collins, Village Voice
'Cooking as I'd never seen it: fun, cheeky, male and promising the awesome prospect of sex…The taut clarity of Deighton's writing, his encyclopaedic knowledge and attention to detail…The prose reads like Dashiell Hammett channelling Brillat-Savarin.' Waitrose Food Illustrated
'[Len Deighton's cookbooks] have attracted cult following for their brilliant design as much as for their comprehensive approach to cooking…his democratising, demystifying approach couldn't be more appropriate.' Guardian
'They showed the idiot novice male how to dice an onion without it falling apart; how to fine-cut parsley by rocking the blade rather than chopping it; how to sauté mushrooms without them yielding the water that would turn them into a gelatinous glop.' Simon Sharma
Len Deighton was born in London in 1929. At the age of seventeen he became a photographer attached to the R.A.F. Special Investigations Branch. Following his discharge in 1949 he did a variety of jobs and in 1952 won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art. His writing career began with The Ipcress File which was a spectacular success and was made into a classic film starring Michael Caine.
I heard about this book on radio 4, and it certainly does not disappoint, I was lucky to get an as new copy the next day,Published 9 months ago by harold arnold
Some of the cartoons are such a great way to put across cookery for blokes I know my son found it easier to follow than dry recipes and my husband too!Published 21 months ago by Michele Clark
I find the problem with most modern cook books is that when you read down the list of ingredients you need about 37 of them. Read morePublished 22 months ago by R. W. Hannell
This brings back great memories of my youth! It was the first cook book I ever owned, and my original copy was stolen many years ago. Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2013 by Christopher Hunter
The book arrived on time. It was well packaged and reasonably priced. It was a good buy and I would use this company again.Published on 12 Jan. 2013 by Ms. S. H. Pether
I missed this first time round,so was keen to see it.
A few of the pages show their age, but most is still as relevant now as it ever was.