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Aga: The Story of a Kitchen Classic Hardcover – 25 Sep 2002


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Absolute Press; 1st Edition edition (25 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189979154X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899791545
  • Product Dimensions: 26.8 x 26.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 774,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘At last the Aga has its own saga. Tim James has produced a fascinating account of this great institution - the heart of the English kitchen’ -- Jilly Cooper

‘The Aga – the cooker that’s stood the test of time.’ -- Jamie Oliver

‘Tim James has meticulously researched the history of the Aga and this wonderfully revealing book makes compulsive reading.’ -- Mary Berry

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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By James Knodell on 3 Feb. 2003
Format: Hardcover
When this book first came to my attention, I placed an order and eagerly anticipated its arrival.
For several years in the early 70's I lived in Britain in an old farmhouse where I had a 1950's, four-oven, solid fuel Aga. When I first moved in, I was horrified to find a kitchen range that needed to be stoked, riddled, and ashes emptied - it was hard for me to believe that such primitive appliances still existed. After all, I'd grown up in the 50's in a house in California with every mod-con, and don't think I even knew anyone without a dishwasher and waste disposer. Now, here I was with a range that had to be fed and tended - how uncivilized! Anyway, to make a long story short, over time, I got to know the idiosyncrasies and rhythm of the Aga, finding that just like so many others, my Aga had soul, and I grew to love the thing - despite its faults. Even now, having been back in California for years, I still harbour fond memories of my Aga, and still think about having another. I find myself being an Aga-spotter in films and on TV, and I eagerly devour anything I find written about Agas. When this book came up, I had to have it.
Alas, except for a few historical photographs, there's little here that would qualify this book as the story of the Aga range. A more accurate title would perhaps be; "The MARKETING of a Kitchen Classic". The book doesn't contain a shred of information regarding the development of the range, nor does it contain a single diagram to illustrate how the cooker works. Only passing commentary alludes to the revolutionary differences between a heat storage cooker and kitchen ranges generally in use at the time Aga made its debut.
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By S.Bailey on 16 July 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When I ordered "AGA. The Story of a Kitchen Classic" I did not know what to expect as I had never ordered a second hand book before. I need not have worried as the delivery was very fast and the condition of the book was "as new". The book itself was excellent. A hardback printed on quality paper and the photography alone was worth the money as the photos were not only a history of the AGA but also a social history. The text was detailed, informative and a delight to read. I am now reading it for a second time and am enjoying it as much as I did first time round. This book is the best value for money of any item I have ever bought! My only criticism is why has no one brought the history of this wonderful, iconic cooker up to date? A must for any AGA or Rayburn owner as well as for anyone interested in the social history of Great Britain.
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By enid jones on 15 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is fine but the way it is set out makes it, to my mind, fairly difficult to read as you have to turn the pages at different times to continue the bit you were reading.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hammond VINE VOICE on 24 Oct. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Aga cookers are such a strong part of many country childhoods, mine included, that I felt compelled to learn more. Very pleased that I chose this book for that purpose. Tim James brings the whole story alive in a most entertaining fashion. The photographs and text work so well together that its been a pleasure to read this super book.
Good stuff indeed.
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