Cooking in a Bedsitter

Cooking in a Bedsitter am Books My mother bought me a copy of this book which had then just been reissued when I went off to my first and so far only bedsit in That copy went walkies someti

Cooking in a Bedsitter am Books My mother bought me a copy of this book, which had then just been reissued, when I went off to my first (and so far only) bedsit in 1988. That copy went walkies, sometime over the years, and later a kind friend gave me a spare copy that she happened to have - a copy of the 1967 Cookery Book Club edition, which still has the chapter on Drink in (it was excised from the 1980s reprint).It remains one of my favourite books about cooking - not for the recipes, none of which I have ever been inspired to try cooking, but for the parts about cooking in general. Much of the advice remains sound, and the author has an entertainingly cynical attitude to her subject. It's also, now, a fascinating period piece - some of the ingredients dealt with no longer exist, or are findable only in specialist shops, or have changed their names in the last 50 years. (And given the prevalence of recipes that call for a quarter pound of meat and one or more onions, I can only assume that onions used to be rather smaller than they are now!) And, of course, the bedsit containing a single gas ring and no water source is also a thing of the past.. A reprint of the original 1961 edition Cooking in a Corner. Popular Ebook Cooking in a Bedsitter I first bought this book in London on my way to school in a small town in Italy many years ago. It not only gave advice that I still use (warm plates on top of pot instead of using lid), it provided much amusement during that lonely year. I'm not sure that I used many of the recipes (tripe just doesn't work it's way into my menus) but the entertainment and "how to's" of handling cooking problems have been invaluable. I find myself giving some of the tips to my daughter (guests will arrive any minute and you just brought in the groceries! --- what to do first) because they've become so ingrained. I finally passed the book on to a donation bin a couple of years ago; so glad to see it's back in print!

  1. Katharine Whitehorn is a columnist with the Observer Famous for her classic book for Londoners Cooking in a Bedsitter in the 60s.She has lived in Finland and America and now spends much time on a small river boat with her husband thriller writer Gavin Lyall, with whom she lives in Hampstead.

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  1. My mother bought me a copy of this book, which had then just been reissued, when I went off to my first and so far only bedsit in 1988 That copy went walkies, sometime over the years, and later a kind friend gave me a spare copy that she happened to have a copy of the 1967 Cookery Book Club edition, which still has the chapter on Drink in it was excised from the 1980s reprint.It remains one of my favourite books about cooking not for the recipes, none of which I have ever been inspired to try co [...]


  2. I first bought this book in London on my way to school in a small town in Italy many years ago It not only gave advice that I still use warm plates on top of pot instead of using lid , it provided much amusement during that lonely year I m not sure that I used many of the recipes tripe just doesn t work it s way into my menus but the entertainment and how to s of handling cooking problems have been invaluable I find myself giving some of the tips to my daughter guests will arrive any minute and [...]


  3. The potato shaped space the stinking goat on yonder hillfeeds all day long on chlorophyll six slimming secretariesbreadcrumbs are a bore in a bedsitterBroccoli full of iodine so should be eaten by those exposed to atomic radiation some of us feel, not otherwise If your friends don t like garlic, get some new friends It is impossible to eat filled pitta without spraying a good deal of food over the surrounding countryside pancake tossing is for TV experts only


  4. I think this book is a capsule in time.We were at college or working away and being sophisticated was imperitive We had parties and dinner parties in bedsits and they were wonderful Whitehorn captures the time place and mood of the times.I loved it.


  5. A well deserved classic.I have an early copy which I cannot place my hand on at present However I do remember that this book must have made it possible for many to live as singletons without dying of starvation I seem also to remember it gave advice about entertaining your man, meal wise, when invited to dinner This was advice given to females, now it could be either I assume, but cannot remember, there was similar advice to males.There was lots , of course, not just about food.


  6. Written in the late 50s when, in the UK at least, if you left home and weren t getting married you lived in a room in a house with a shared bathroom and one gas ring so no cooker and no kitchen sink.Republished a couple of years ago as the crowded standards of living for singletons in London is regressing to 50s standards.Hilarious to read, but honestly I wouldn t try the recipes


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