What’s in a cookbook?
In the age of Google Search, readers and connoisseurs turn to it for compelling stories, great prose and cutting-edge food ideas
Last year, London-based restaurateur and food writer Prue Leith suggested the cookbook was way past its heyday. In an article in the Radio Times, the BBC’s listings magazine, she wrote: “In my day you could still buy a good cookbook in paperback with no pictures at all. I doubt if that would sell today. But those books were much used: they lived in the kitchen and got splattered with custard and gravy. Today, if we cook, we google it. New cookbooks lie on the coffee table and we drool over Tuscan landscapes and rustic bread ovens. Before ordering in a pizza."