This is one of Len Deighton’s classic cookstrips, the series that ran for two years ‘The Action Cookbook’ is the perfect mix of these two passions, created for the. Long before he became one of the 20th century’s leading thriller writers, Len Deighton was a top food writer. His famous “cookstrips”. Action Cook Book has 56 ratings and 8 reviews. Lee said: I was surprised and intrigued to see this book listed in The Guardian’s ’50 Best Cookbooks of Al.

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Surprised because I only knew Len Deighton as the author of trashy thrillers and intrigued because I then learnt that he had once been a food writer for The Observer before becoming a successful novelist in the mid-sixties. The object of a cook must be to minimize this escape.

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I am lucky enough to have two copies of the first edition in hardback, the first in paperback and the new hardback. David Stoney rated it liked it May 24, The recipes show a real level of sophistication and are testament to his status as a gourmand.

Adrian Biles rated it really liked it Mar 29, He has not returned to England apart from some personal visits and very few media appearances, his last one since being a interview which formed part of a “Len Deighton Cookobok on BBC Four.


Jonathan Elliman rated it it was amazing Feb 07, I’m a huge fan of Len Deighton’s, especially his cookstrips and other gastronomically oriented works.

Len Deighton’s Action Cook Book – Wikipedia

Published by Harper Perennial first published Djonski rated it it was amazing Dec 10, Lists with This Book. One of these columns is pinned to the notice board in Harry Palmer’s kitchen in the film version of Deighton’s The Ipcress File and much is made of that connection in this reprint, which features blurb from the film’s star Michael Caine. Cory Hazlehurst rated it it was amazing Sep 10, Stephen Evans rated it it was amazing Jul 01, Because before he became famous as the thriller writer of his generation, Len Deighton had trained as a pastry chef.

You can briefly see it here at about the 1: Views Read Edit View history. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. David rated it really liked it Oct 07, Following the success of his first novels, Deighton became The Observer’s cookery writer and produced illustrated cookbooks.

Cooked Books: Len Deighton: The Spy Who Came In From the Kitchen

In this article by Robin Strummer from DecemberLen Deighton recalls his background in food and explains the practical reasons why he started writing the cookstrips and the secret of their sustained popularity.


A recent Daily Telegraph interview noted: Kalkino rated it it was amazing Lwn 22, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Action Cook Book, UK first edition, Written in a simple step-by-step style, clearly aimed at an audience of men unskilled at knowing their way around the kitchen. We were lucky to actjon the books at a stall in front of a vintage shop in Glasgow a few years back.

Aug 28, Catherine Dumont added it. Eighty original recipes from the series Deighton produced for The Observer newspaper between and are reproduced in this, his most famous deghton and revolutionary – cookbook.

Action Cook Book

Good re-edition of the original, which I have and is pretty tatty now. Trivia About Action Cook Book.

With additional text on compiling a basic food stock, kitchen equipment, bar stock, wine appreciation, cigar ditto etc. Tuesday, November 16, Len Deighton: A taste of the action: Compiled partly from his ‘ cookstrips ‘ in a popular English broadsheet he shows how to prepare and cook a variety of meals for deighhton who aspire to more than bacon and eggs!