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Cooking Alone

Kathleen Le Riche

Supper for one? Whether you’re a career girl, bedsitter or bachelor, this vintage 1950s cookery gem introduced by Bee Wilson is wonderful … funny and full of charm’ (India Knight) with ‘lots of ideas worth nicking’ (Rachel Cooke).

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£10.00
Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571365791
Date Published
07.01.2021
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Summary

Supper for one? Whether you’re a career girl, bedsitter or bachelor, this vintage 1950s cookery gem introduced by Bee Wilson is wonderful … funny and full of charm’ (India Knight) with lots of ideas worth nicking’ (Rachel Cooke).

The Career Woman (who buys a chicken as a treat)
The Bedsitter (who experiments with newfangled gadgets)
The Old Lady
(who feeds her menagerie of pets)
The Schoolboy Moocher (who makes toffee and wallows in grapes)
The Bachelor (who learns to stockpile food)
Meet the experts in cooking alone . . .

Cooking Alone (1954) is a delicious miniature compendium of tales inspired by a cast of eccentric solitary characters. Brimming with entertaining anecdotes, recipes (rabbit with aubergine and prunes, anyone?) and top tips (ever wondered how to store ice cream in a bedsit?), Kathleen Le Riche is a witty, charming guide to the single life. Reissued with a new foreword by Bee Wilson, this vintage delight is a hymn to the pleasures of dining solo.

‘Every servantless man and woman should read her.’ Truth

‘A clever book, and amusing too. Somebody ought to bestow its author’s name upon a sauce.’ Belfast News Letter

‘Delightful . . . Ingenious.’ Home and Country

‘Remarkable. Aside from its wit and period charm, this is one of the very few cookbooks to recognise that the most important ingredient in the kitchen is the human … Nearly seventy years on, this still feels like a radical message.’ Bee Wilson

‘Richly imagined … There is great tenderness and defiance in Le Riche’s attention to the pleasures of the solitary cook.’ Rebecca May Johnson

‘This is not just another cookery book; it is a tonic and a beacon for the many who must and the few who wish to live alone.’ Wine and Food

Critic Reviews

Wonderful ... Paints vivid pen portraits with recipes and advice. More than a period piece, it is funny and full of charm.

India Knight, Sunday Times
Critic Reviews

Remarkable. Aside from its wit and period charm, this [recognises] that the most important ingredient in the kitchen is the human ... Nearly seventy years on, this still feels like a radical message.

Bee Wilson
Critic Reviews

Cooking Alone [was] first published in 1954 and now cleverly reissued by Faber, whose gloriously named author, Kathleen Le Riche, understands better than most how the single and the solitary may grow neglectful of themselves in the kitchen. Having come up with a series of characters – the Bachelor, the Bed-Sitter, the Career Woman – Le Riche proceeds to identify their particular habits and needs, and thence to make suitable culinary suggestions for each one: minor tweaks and temptations that will put an end to their inertia and low spirits, yanking them gently out of their toast-bound slump. Yes, it’s a period piece. Evaporated milk and rosehip syrup are still pantry mainstays, and the words “au gratin” are as exotic and enlivening as tea at Claridge’s with one’s most bohemian aunt. But it also includes lots of ideas worth nicking ... Make “a great fuss” of this or that ingredient, she urges the reader – the point being that by indulging it, you will ultimately indulge yourself. This is good advice.

Rachel Cooke, Observer
Critic Reviews

In a time of lockdown, its advice for returning jollity to cooking is likely to strike a chord ... And many of her tips are useful even for those who don't live alone.

The Week
Critic Reviews

A clever book, and amusing too. Somebody ought to bestow its author’s name upon a sauce.

Belfast News Letter
Critic Reviews

Every servantless man and woman should read her.

Truth
KathleenLe Riche

Kathleen Le Riche is the author of Cooking Alone, Cooking From Scratch, and Cooking for a Party, which were published by Faber from the 1950s onwards.

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