Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes that Made the Modern Cookbook

by Anne Willan, Mark Cherniavsky, and Kyri Claflin

From the publisher: This gorgeously illustrated volume began as notes on the collection of cookbooks and culinary images gathered by renowned cookbook author Anne Willan and her husband Mark Cherniavsky. From the spiced sauces of medieval times to the massive roasts and ragoûts of Louis XIV’s court to elegant eighteenth-century chilled desserts, The Cookbook Library draws from renowned cookbook author Anne Willan’s and her husband Mark Cherniavsky’s antiquarian cookbook library to guide readers through four centuries of European and early American cuisine.

As the authors taste their way through the centuries, describing how each cookbook reflects its time, Willan illuminates culinary crosscurrents among the cuisines of England, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. A deeply personal labor of love, The Cookbook Library traces the history of the recipe and includes some of their favorites.

Anne Willan, founder of La Varenne Cooking School, is the author of many cookbooks including the James Beard Award winner, The Country Cooking of France.

Mark Cherniavsky has collected antiquarian cookbooks for more than fifty years.

Kyri Claflin is coeditor of Writing Food History: A Global Perspective.

University of California Press, 2012