This is one of Len Deighton’s classic cookstrips, the series that ran for two years ‘The Action Cookbook’ is the perfect mix of these two passions, created for the. Long before he became one of the 20th century’s leading thriller writers, Len Deighton was a top food writer. His famous “cookstrips”. Action Cook Book has 56 ratings and 8 reviews. Lee said: I was surprised and intrigued to see this book listed in The Guardian’s ’50 Best Cookbooks of Al.

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One thing I love is his nothing-fancy, just-the-facts prose. Because before he became famous as the thriller writer of his generation, Len Deighton had trained as a pastry chef. He has since used his drawing skills to illustrate a number of his own military history books. Surprised because I only knew Len Deighton as the author of trashy thrillers and intrigued because I then learnt that he had once been a food writer for The Observer before becoming a successful novelist in the mid-sixties.

Dean Kelly rated it it was amazing Feb 22, The quality of the advice is first class, and many of the recipes would not look out of place on the menu of a gourmet restaurant. One of these columns is pinned to the notice board in Harry Palmer’s kitchen in the film version of Deighton’s The Ipcress File and much is made of that connection in this reprint, which features blurb from the film’s star Michael Caine.

Refresh and try again. The book focusses almost exclusively on French haute-cuisine – fashionable at the time but no longer so and not to my taste. The cookbook was mentioned in an episode of The Supersizers The second half of the book reprints many of these strips with accompanying notes whilst the first half contains more general, short, pieces about such things as equipping a kitchen and – for those who truly wish to emulate Harry Palmer or, perhaps, Austin Powers – which wines to buy and keep when first laying down a cellar.


The book was reissued in by Harper Perennial an imprint of Harper Collins with original content and artwork, the 2nd edition of the lem artwork, and an additional updated introduction.

The following year David Deivhton would be awarded substantial damages in libel from the article. David Stoney rated it liked it May 24, Just a moment while we lej you in to your Goodreads account. Nov 10, DeCarabas rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tri Deighton before The Ipcress File.

Action Cook Book

The Bachelor Food The Quick Cook chapter helpfully eases you in, and once all the basics have been covered for us clueless newbies, then there is the bulk of the book, the “action cook strips” themselves, full of recipes and helpful commentary on foods that I don’t know how to pronounce. The first cook strip appeared in the Observer on March 18, with the headline “Cook-strip Starts with the Rudiments” and was “devised to show, in the simplest way, the basic rules of cooking.

Action Cook Book by Len Deighton. Leh from The Cook Strip Cookbook — click to enlarge.

Len Deighton’s Action Cookbook – Voices of East Anglia

He worked for Playboy a lot before the novels took off, and it shows. Deighton worked as an airline steward with BOAC. Possibly the most useful and hilarious cookbook ever.

It has to be said though, that I did find some of the advice as dated as its near half-century age would suggest and its tone almost as kitsch as its cover. Hardcoverpages.

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For an idea of it: Action Cook Book – Summary Eighty original recipes from the series Deighton produced for The Observer newspaper between and are reproduced in this, his most famous – and revolutionary – cookbook. Action Cook Book, UK first edition, We were lucky to score the books at a stall in front of a vintage shop in Glasgow a few years back. Alessandro rated it it was amazing Sep 07, deightoon The design is clearly aimed to appeal to the sixties bachelor – the front cover features a pistol with a sprig of parsley in the barrel.


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I am lucky enough to have two copies of the first edition in hardback, the first in paperback and the new hardback. Borscht from the Cook Strip Cookbook — click to enlarge. That last bit is something of a clue as to the tone of the book as a whole – it’s aimed squarely at bachelors who might want to impress the ladies with their cooking skills as the cover image also suggests although, obviously, anyone first embarking on culinary adventures might find something to gain from the text.

Compiled partly from his ‘ cookstrips ‘ in a popular English broadsheet he shows how to prepare and cook a variety of meals for those who aspire to more than bacon and eggs! CookbooksLen Deighton. Sample text ‘All meat contains moisture, and the retention of this moisture means the retention of flavour. A recent Daily Telegraph interview noted: Fry Like A Spy.

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