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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The book was lfn in by Harper Perennial an imprint of Harper Collins with original content and artwork, the 2nd edition of the cover artwork, and an additional updated introduction.

Action Cook Book by Len Deighton

Compiled partly from his ‘ cookstrips ‘ in a popular English broadsheet he shows how to prepare and cook a variety of meals for those who aspire to more than bacon and eggs!

Fry Like A Spy. Views Read Edit View history. David rated it really liked it Oct 07, Well, really, all of his works, whether they’re explicit about it or not, are gastronomically oriented.

Mike Gloady rated it really liked it May 10, I am lucky enough to have two copies of the first edition in hardback, the first in paperback and the new hardback. The design is clearly aimed to appeal to the sixties bachelor – the front cover features a pistol with a sprig of parsley in the barrel.


Two great books from one of my all time favorite authors! He has since used eeighton drawing skills to illustrate a number of his own military history books.

Action Cook Book

This equates to He had his name removed from the credits of the film, however, which was a move that he later described as “stupid and infantile. The object of a cook must be to minimize this escape. Deighton leaves nothing uncovered; on the endpapers are traditional butcher’s illustration showing the different cuts of meat possible from cows, calves, lamb and pork. After leaving school, Deighton worked as a railway clerk before performing his National Service, which he spent as a photographer for the Royal Air Force’s Special Investigation Branch.

Alessandro rated it it was amazing Sep 07, We were lucky to score the books at a stall in front of a vintage shop in Glasgow a cookbook years back.

Keith Stewart rated it it was amazing Dec 07, Similarly, grilling will bring moisture to the surface.

Dean Kelly rated it it was amazing Feb 22, Following the success of his first novels, Deighton became The Observer’s cookery writer and produced illustrated cookbooks. He and his wife Ysabele divide their time between homes in Portugal and Guernsey.

Action Cook Book Harper Per. The recipes show a real level of sophistication and are testament to his status as a gourmand. Dec 03, Jen Kelly added it. He worked for Playboy a lot before the novels took off, and it shows.


Len Deighton’s Action Cookbook – Voices of East Anglia

This is one of Len Deighton’s classic cookstrips, the series that ran for two years when he was the Observer food writer. Stephen Evans rated it it was amazing Jul 01, Steve rated it really lrn it Nov 04, Cory Hazlehurst rated it it was amazing Sep 10, Jun 10, Neil marked it as to-read Shelves: Adrian Biles rated it really liked it Mar 29, The following year David Stirling would be awarded substantial damages in libel from the article.

Len Deighton’s cult Sixties’ cookbook is back. 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.

It now has a great following as a fabulous piece of nostalgia as well as retaining real credibility as a genuinely useful cook book.