Women in the Kitchen Cookbook Review

Women in the Kitchen Cookbook Review

Title: Women in the Kitchen: Twelve Essential Cookbook Writers Who Defined the Way We Eat, from 1661 to Today
Author: Anne Willan
Published: August 11, 2020, Scribner
No. of Pages: 320
Cover Price: $28.00 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

Anne Willan has been a beloved cookbook author for decades; most serious cooks own her cookbooks, and most cooks have adapted some of her methods in their everyday cooking. Willan is also a food historian, and Women in the Kitchen: Twelve Essential Cookbook Writers Who Defined the Way We Eat, from 1661 to Today is her latest accomplishment. This book is fascinating, and will appeal to anyone who has an interest in food. The book covers twelve cookbook authors dating from 1661 to today, and includes recipes from each of their books.

Foodies who enjoy expanding their knowledge will definitely want to pick up this book. Cooks who love the history of food most likely already own the cookbooks written by the twelve early cookbook authors included in this book (I own books by 9 out of 12 authors and love the authors she chose to showcase), and the more you learn about these cooks throughout history, the more you want to know. Willan’s books are well-written, and this one is no exception. It is a great book to curl up in a corner and read. The biographies are succinct, and can be read quickly, and it’s fun to read about women in history who share the same interests as we do.

This is a great book for anyone who loves food, and loves learning about food. It should be on every bookshelf, and makes a nice coffee table book. Willan has outdone herself here, and while the book is interesting, the recipes included represent a good variety of dishes popular throughout history. Willan has updated the recipes for modern cooks, and that make it fun to cook out of this book, too. The one thing that is missing from this book is photographs of the recipes. There are photos/or illustrations of each of the twelve cooks, however, but it would have been nice to see some of the finished dishes.

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

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