Back in the spring, Anjali posted about Penguin UK's new food series called Great Food. She loved that the series' covers were designed by the well-known and much admired artist Coralie Bickford-Smith but lamented the fact that they were only available in the UK. Well, we're happy to report that several volumes were just released in the states!
Penguin USA has released nine titles from the twenty volume Great Food series, a collection of food writing from the last 400 years. They are slim, classic sized paperbacks, all with colorful cover art based on a shape and patterns of ceramics used in the dining rooms and kitchens and true to the period in which the books were originally published.
From Charles Lamb's A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig to Alexander Dumas' From Absenthe to Zest, this series explores the always fascinating world of historic food writing and is a perfect gift for the cook and scholar in your life. I think they would individually make great stocking stuffers and a delightful, beautiful gift as a full set.
I hope the series is popular and Penguin will import some of the other titles from the UK series. In particular, I would like to see Alice B. Toklas' Murder in the Kitchen and Claudia Rodan's A Middle Eastern Feast. And who could resist Hannah Glasse's Everlasting Syllabub and the Art of Carving?
• To Purchase: Great Food Series $9.95 each, on Amazon
(Images: Penguin USA)