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  1. Old Cookbooks ~001: Lovely Food: A Cookery Notebook

    April 1, 2011 by Editor

    I was inspired by this post over on Bibliocook to do something with the reams of cookbooks I’ve bought (or been given and my is THAT a treasure trove) that aren’t just the run of the mill, celebrity cook type. So I’m starting these new post types, Old Cookbooks.

    Generally speaking I’ve picked these up in second-hand bookstores, car-boot and jumble sales. Some I have distinct and clear memories of finding, others have been picked up almost absent-mindedly. One thing I love is picking up editions in the US and the UK where you can find strange and wonderful editions.

    Today’s title is one of those ‘now where did I buy you’ books. It’s a beautiful Cookery Notebook that offers everything from menus for dinner parties to space to record the likes and dislikes of your friends, Lovely Food: A Cookery Notebook by Ruth Lowinsky. It has one of the best dedications I’ve ever seen, ‘For Each Other, And Our Greedier Friends.’

    That said, it’s not a terribly GOOD cookbook, in the sense of being a useful guide in HOW to cook. There’s a rather good review of the title here, so I’ll not recap. Enjoy the pics.

    Title Details
    Lovely Food: A Cookery Notebook by Ruth Lowinsky
    With Table Decorations Invented & Drawn by Thomas Lowinsky

    Published by The Nonesuch Press, 16 Great James Street, London, 1931
    Printed and made in England by The Fanfare Press, London

    There’s not much around on Ruth, though it IS clear that Thomas was her husband and she penned a number of other titles mostly about food!

    Thomas, by the by, was a noted artist and even has a book dedicated to his book illustrations which sounds fairly amazing (crossing passions here, I do love my books, nearly as much or possibly more than  food). Some of his work is in the Tate in London.

    As for The Nonesuch Press, they’ve more or less disappeared now, though Duckworth has been republishing some of their classics, especially the Dickens titles in recent years.

    As for the Fanfare Press, there’s not much, but this little snippet in A History of Cambridge University Press: New worlds for learning, 1873-1972 offers a quick look inside: