A Tale of 12 Kitchens: Family Cooking in Four Countries

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Press:Artisan Artisan (October 29, 2006)
Publication Date:2006-10-29
Author Name:Jake Tilson


Reading this remarkable cookbook-cum-scrapbook by Jake Tilson is like encountering a wonderful friend you haven't seen in years, and setting off together on a culinary journey through four countries to cook and have myriad happy experiences, and meet scores of fascinating people along the way. 
It might be a monk singing an awe-inspiring rendition of "Ave Maria" in a family-run restaurant in Cortona, Italy, or a master pancake flipper at a breakfast haven in New York City.
Or a recipe for the divine gnocchi-like spinach dumplings served in Tuscany.
With eighty recipes that are far-ranging and delicious, you'll learn to make black beans the Dominican way, couscous in the Tunisian fashion, and burritos flavored with Mexican beer and a chipotle chile.
And as you cook your way through his book, you'll fall in love with Jake's artistic family and their obsession with cooking and eating.
Great characters all and, like many of us, as likely to spend their vacations wandering food markets as museums, then returning home with overweight luggage crammed full of local foods.
Anyone who thinks twice about tossing out a food can with a great label, who treasures stubs and receipts from travel for the experiences they evoke, or who feels nostalgic for kitchens of the past, will find a kindred soul in these pages.
And if you're someone without an urge to collect, or who'd just as soon stay and cook closer to home, you will be every bit as delighted with this dazzling collection of recipes.
Tilson presents his recipes in a remarkably original way.
Subtly embedded in his wonderful descriptions, in tales told in his very engaging prose, is the reminder that cooking, sharing and eating meals with family and friends is of utmost importance in our lives.

From the Back Cover

This is a cookbook with a difference. 
Every aspect has been created by artist and passionate cook Jake Tilson.
As author, photographer, designer, typographer and cook, he has brought an entirely new vision to food, its context, the way it is grown, packaged, bought and cooked and the memories and emotions it evokes.

About the Author

Jake Tilson is culinarily obsessed and staggeringly talented. 
Author, cook, artist, photographer, designer, typographer, he has created every element of A Tale of 12 Kitchens.
Born to parents who were at the center of London’s art scene, Jake followed in their footsteps, studying painting at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London.
His work has been exhibited around the world and is held in many museums and public collections.
He lives with his wife and daughter in London.


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Comment List (Total:3)

  •     Artist Jake Tilson tells a biographical tale of his life as seen in the 12 kitchens he has cooked in and eaten from. I had not heard of Tilson before on any level and found that he writes engagingly of food and its connection with his life ... which can by extension be related to ours as well if we stop and think about the kitchens of our own lives. Includes recipes which look very practical and Tilson did the book art which I found just as engaging as his writing. The recipes I have tried have been delicious.
  •     When I purchased this book (online) I thought it would be a kind of Peter Mayle food-essay book. Warning: This book is Peter Mayle on steroids. And it is fabulous. What intriguing recipes! But this book is so much more than recipes. The writing is evocative and the stories transcend cultures. The art, of course, adds an interesting element. But my favorite images are the photos of real family kitchens, cluttered with real life and objects used to nourish a family.
  •     Bought this as a gift. Sat down and read it cover to cover.Well written, interesting, great graphics and great recipes.

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