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Cookbook history

(article, Kim Carlson)

Last month, The Economist published a must-read for cookbook lovers titled '"Pluck Although I could quibble with the unnamed author's assertion that cooking is a "mundane task," it's easy to agree that cookbooks serve functions beyond supplying recipes — such as providing "an opportunity to delve into distant cultures without having to turn up early at the airport or read subtitles." From the Romans to mid-19th-century Britain to Julia Child, the piece succinctly maps out the trajectory of cookbook publishing.