A Tale of 12 Kitchens: Family Cooking in Four Countries Paperback – 29 Oct 2006
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An enchantingly evocative kitchen memoir... fascinating and delicious... an exhilarating work of art around his love of food. (Claudia Roden)
a wonderfully personal and evocative scrapbook-cum-recipe book ... serves up thoughts, touching memories and some very tempting grub (THE OBSERVER)
A gorgeously evocative food memoir and recipe book by Jake Tilson. It catalogues Jake's many experiences of food... Simply stunning. (MARIE CLAIRE)
If you enjoy the good things in life as much as good food, dipping into this book should prove satisfying. (TIME OUT)
A joy to read and to look at, heart-warming, inspirational and delightfully nostalgic. (Nigel Slater)
a fascinating combination of autobiography, recipes and pictures put together artistically. (OBSERVER FOOD MONTHLY)
sheer readability... Humility, a truly fascinating life and a lightness of touch keep pretentiousness at bay. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)
I have not enjoyed a recipe book so much for a long time. (Tom Jaine GUARDIAN)
brilliant culinary journey (Susie Forbes EASY LIVING)
Romantic, adventurous and visually inventive A Tale of 12 Kitchens is ... a true work of art. (COUNTRY LIVING)
A quirky, pictorial feast that's also a great read. (IRISH TIMES) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Jake Tilson, artist, designer and food lover, grew up in a house where every aspect of food was a part of the daily family routine. This is the story of his culinary discoveries, how food became the element that crystallises the atmosphere of a place and a moment. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The book reads like a diary-cum-holiday scrapbook, it is accentuated with family photos, hand-written recipes, and images of products and places that may evoke similar jolts of memory in the reader. His travels through, and life in, four different countries - England, Scotland, Italy and America - inspire his collection of recipes, be it Blizzard Duck in Scotland or Thanksgiving Water Tower Stack from New York.
The recipes originate from a variety of sources - his parents' early attempts at self-sufficiency in Wiltshire, family friends in Tuscany, his Scottish parents-in-law and his own time spent in New York and California. They feel like familiar and much-cherished friends and relations with the photos adding texture and context. Jake's descriptions of gargantuan breakfasts in New York, or assembling burritos in hotel bathrooms in LA are vivid enough to make you long to buy a camper van and head for the hills.
Runner up for Food Book in the 2007 Glenfiddich Food & Drink Awards, Jake also tackles such thought-provoking questions such as `Why do we cook what we cook? What has the deepest effect on our culinary habits - is it childhood, marriage, the neighbourhood or what we saw on television last night?'
I defy anyone not to fall a tiny bit in love with Jake. How can you resist anyone who issues instructions on how to build a tortilla press, should you find yourself without one in the California desert?
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Well written, interesting, great graphics and great recipes.