Come Into the Kitchen Book Review

Come Into the Kitchen Book Review

Title: Mary and Vincent Price's Come into the Kitchen Cook Book
Author: Mary Price and Vincent Price
Published: November 16, 2016, Calla Editions
No. of Pages: 224
Cover Price: $30.00 Hardcover

Almost everyone is familiar with Vincent Price as a famous actor, and some are aware that his wife was a well-known costume designer. However, Price had an art history degree from Yale, and his hobby was gourmet cooking, where he and his wife tested historical recipes. Mary and Vincent Price's Come into the Kitchen Cook Book is a compilation of these recipes and a historical account of food.

The book is fascinating, since it isn’t just a bunch of old recipes, but instead, recipes and information from Victorian America and Modern America. The book contains historical pictures of Victorian kitchens, a wine glossary, a primer covering home wine making as well as types of wine, choosing and storing wine, and wine basics. The recipes range from baking powder biscuits to French crepes and German pancakes. The Victorian recipes include Brownstone Front Chocolate Cake with Caramel Icing, Brown Betty, Vol-Au-Vent of Eggs, and classic Parker House Rolls. In the Modern America section, you will find Crab Louie and Tuna Casserole, as well as Sukiyaki, Texas Spareribs, and Corned Beef Cheeseburgers.

The recipes aren’t the expected ones that seem to be found in every other historical cookbook, and certainly reflect the eclectic tastes of the authors. There are plenty of recipes to choose from, and the recipes are written in a way that they are concise and easy to understand. Rather than pictures of the dishes (there are only a few of food), there are illustrations, which adds to the historical feel of the book. However, most cooks prefer to see pictures of the dishes they are going to make, and that is the one drawback to the book. It’s nice to see pictures of kitchens from earlier times, but it is better to see finished dishes.

Mary and Vincent Price's Come into the Kitchen Cook Book would make a nice addition to a cookbook library, especially for cooks who enjoy trying recipes from the past.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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