Tuesday 19 April 2011

Books: The Penguin Great Food Series

If you like books or bookshops you are very likely to know the The Penguin Great Ideas series, a collection of short but beautiful books by a vast array of authors, writers and thinkers from many ages. You may not have known they were a series but you will have picked up one of these small treasures and flicked through it I'm sure.

Now Penguin have produced The Penguin Great Food Series; a similar collection that celebrates food and culinary writing from the last four hundred years.

Like the Ideas Collection the Food books are beautifully presented (with covers by the ever brilliant Coralie Bickford- Smith) and keenly priced so you can indulge in a book shaped treat without feeling like you've over- indulged monetarily.

I am personally particularly excited about the Alexandre Dumas book 'From Absinthe to Zest: An Alphabet for Food Lovers'. I have loved Dumas without question from Dogtanion to D'Artagnan) and beyond.

Featured books covers above:
The Elegant Economist

The Campaign for Domestic Happiness

From Absinthe to Zest: An Alphabet for Food Lovers (by Alexandre Dumas

Further reading:

The Great Food Club blog on Tumblr is written by Pen Vogler from Penguin who is cooking her way through some of the recipes and discussing the books generally. It's a great blog and I think she is using the medium in exactly the way it should be, to create new, interesting content that will enhance people's enjoyment of the books.

You can follow Pen on twitter too @PenfromPenguin


skirmishofwit said...

This is such a super series. I love the look of 'The Campaign for Domestic Happiness' - what a great title!

Metropolitan Mum said...

Ahhh, finally, time to judge books by their cover! :-)

Joan Hunter Dunn said...

ooh how wonderful... I shall enjoy looking out for them, and then deciding which to buy first.

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Hello darling Rose- are you going to do a Royal Wedding recap? I would love to hear your thoughts! I am doing mine on Monday :) How fun it must have been to be in England. Hope you are well xx

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