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Victory Cookbook: Nostalgic Food and Facts from 1940-1954 [Paperback]

Marguerite Patten
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1 May 2002
This is a nostalgic look at the celebrations that marked the end of World War II, illustrated with authentic photographs, illustrations and cartoons, giving an insight into the spirit and history of the period.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bounty Books (1 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753706830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753706831
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Victory Cookbook 3 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
I call this Book My Cooking Bible. Simple, Easy and Delicious Recipes you can make with simple ingredient's found in most everyday Kitchen cupboard's without the modern day pomp and ceremony used by Celebrity Chef's. I can just about make any Soup from scratch thanks to this book. It is not a 1 recipe per page book you will get about 6 per page and is well worth the money. It cover's preserving, Soups, Pickles, Making Do and much more. Highly Recommended and easy to follow. Enjoy :)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Victory Cookbook 5 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
I purchased this cookbook as the lady driving the jeep is my mum on V.E day. I found the book very interesting i show how little ingrediants they had to use through the time of rationing but made the most of it. And there are some interesting facts in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent cook book 29 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
I purchased this cook book as my mum owned a copy.
The recipes are so easy and its good healthy home cooking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Victory Cooking 10 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a very interesting book particularly for someone who remembers the second world war years or those immediately afterwards. The recipes brought back memories of meals cooked by my mother and ingredients like dried eggs for example. A nostalgic journey without the air raid sirens!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic recipes - but terribly organised 24 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
I really love this book - it gives such a genuine taster of what it was like under rationing. The recipes are fantastic and still very relevant - who isn't trying to cut down on sugar and fat? One of my favourites is a pastry made with potatoes - very hearty and with heaps less fat in it than usual.

I would have given it five stars, but it lost two because of the lack of organisation in it. There is no index or proper contents page, as the book is a compilation of a number of previous books prepared by the same author. This makes it really hard to find recipes - whether you know they're in there or not!

I bought this book as a present, then made the mistake of opening it up and couldn't put it down. I then had to buy another to replace it once I covered my copy in flour!

If you're interested in vintage cooking, life during the war or just cutting back on fats and sugars in a creative way, go for it. If you need recipes at your fingertips and have no interest in wading through pages trying to find what you're looking for, perhaps give it a miss.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite perfect 12 Mar 2011
By Leonie
Format:Paperback
Although I am Dutch and remember the war only vaguely, I still recognise a lot of the make-do ideas in this book and am filled with admiration for the inventiviness of the women who took care of the food. There are recipes in it I would like to try, but that brings me to the big problem I have: why are the pages not numbered and why is there no index. And why, when Mrs. Patten refers to a recipe she used before, does it still say: for this sauce see page 37, when there is no page 37 to be found? I really love this book but this makes it very difficult to use. What a pity!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit let down 26 May 2010
By Dodo
Format:Paperback
I bought this because I wanted to try some of the recipes used around the time of WW2. I was disappointed. The most major problem is the total lack of an index. If you find a recipe you like it is not easy to find it again unless you put postit notes on relevant pages. I have tried two recipes so far. One worked fine, the Cheese and Haddock souffle but when I came to try the Irish Omelette there were no cooking temperatures just a recommendation to put it in a hot oven. It should have taken 15 minutes and it took 30. I will try more but feel that an index and more guidance would have made it a much better book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful! 23 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
straight forward, home comfort cooking. Its one of those "must have" cookery books! I am eager to try alot of the recipes in this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars victory cookbook
ive had this book months the recipes are fabbb ,, not really tried any as yet how did they survive on rations
Published 3 months ago by Sharon Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars memories
bought for ageing mother (don't tell her i said ageing) very pleased with it must admit i found it very interesting.
Published 3 months ago by Pcdolman
4.0 out of 5 stars War Time Cook Book
Arrived in good time and was greeted with much glee by its new owner who was born during the war and was much talked about as the ingredients for the recipes were very memorable.
Published 4 months ago by AnneW
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition
Very pleased. Arrived quickly and in excellent condition. Plenty of frugal recipes but I wanted this book more for the history it told.
Published 4 months ago by crossstitchchris
5.0 out of 5 stars up to the minute
Useful for my purposes, i.e. research for my latest novel. It's given me some ideas as to how to approach the work in progress.
Published 5 months ago by J. G. Goodhind
4.0 out of 5 stars Three books in one, what a bargain!
Just to clarify in defence of this book, re the organisation, or rather lack of it in this book. This is not one book, but a collection of three books restructured into one, hence... Read more
Published 5 months ago by nicolaluk
4.0 out of 5 stars A facinating history of wartime Britain
This book not only contains extremely interesting cookery info, but it also is a window into the wartime lives of the general public. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jacko
3.0 out of 5 stars not what l thought it would be
not what l thought it would be, l was a child during the 2WW so l was disappointed with it.
Published 8 months ago by dotty doo
5.0 out of 5 stars Value for money
Lots of interesting info just what I needed lots of great recipes having fun trying them out with my grandchildren
Published 13 months ago by louise depascalis
5.0 out of 5 stars Granny
This book was excellent It took me back to those World War years when we all had to" make do and mend"
Published 13 months ago by granny
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