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A Tale of 12 Kitchens: Family Cooking in Four Countries Paperback – 29 Oct 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan Publishers (29 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579653200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579653200
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.5 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,358,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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Jake Tilson's A Tale of 12 Kitchens is a personal memoir that traces his experiences of food as the binding element of family life. As Jake is the author, cook, designer and photographer - not the usual state of affairs I assure you - this is a particularly intimate account that explores his gastronomic roots and influences.

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?

Henrietta Green
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Excellent book. Good to look at, dip into and cook from. Was recommended by Helen Graves on her blog site.
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As a fan of Jake and Joe Tilson I was looking forward to this book. It is super
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 19 Feb. 2007
By writergirl - Published on Amazon.com
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When I purchased this book (online) I thought it would be a kind of Peter Mayle food-essay book. Warning: This book is Peter Mayle on steroids. And it is fabulous. What intriguing recipes! But this book is so much more than recipes. The writing is evocative and the stories transcend cultures. The art, of course, adds an interesting element. But my favorite images are the photos of real family kitchens, cluttered with real life and objects used to nourish a family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Engaging Look at Food and Connection with Life 13 Dec. 2009
By Julie D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Artist Jake Tilson tells a biographical tale of his life as seen in the 12 kitchens he has cooked in and eaten from. I had not heard of Tilson before on any level and found that he writes engagingly of food and its connection with his life ... which can by extension be related to ours as well if we stop and think about the kitchens of our own lives. Includes recipes which look very practical and Tilson did the book art which I found just as engaging as his writing. The recipes I have tried have been delicious.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great graphics and great recipes 4 Jan. 2015
By lucia huntley - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this as a gift. Sat down and read it cover to cover.
Well written, interesting, great graphics and great recipes.
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