Cooking in a Bedsitter. Katharine Whitehorn
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Cooking in a Bedsitter. Katharine Whitehorn

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A reprint of the original 1961 edition Cooking in a Corner
Paperback, 210 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by Virago Press (UK) (first published July 30th 1961)
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Dorian
My mother bought me a copy of this book, which had then just been reissued, when I went off to my first (and so far only) bedsit in 1988. That copy went walkies, sometime over the years, and later a kind friend gave me a spare copy that she happened to have - a copy of the 1967 Cookery Book Club edition, which still has the chapter on Drink in (it was excised from the 1980s reprint).

It remains one of my favourite books about cooking - not for the recipes, none of which I have ever been inspired...more
Celilo
I first bought this book in London on my way to school in a small town in Italy many years ago. It not only gave advice that I still use (warm plates on top of pot instead of using lid), it provided much amusement during that lonely year.

I'm not sure that I used many of the recipes (tripe just doesn't work it's way into my menus) but the entertainment and "how to's" of handling cooking problems have been invaluable. I find myself giving some of the tips to my daughter (guests will arrive any mi...more
Rachel Hawes
Written in the late 50s when, in the UK at least, if you left home and weren't getting married you lived in a room in a house with a shared bathroom and one gas ring (so no cooker and no kitchen sink).

Republished a couple of years ago as the crowded standards of living for singletons in London is regressing to 50s standards.

Hilarious to read, but honestly I wouldn't try the recipes!
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Katharine Whitehorn is a columnist with the Observer. Famous for her classic book for Londoners: Cooking in a Bedsitter in the 60s.

She has lived in Finland and America and now spends much time on a small river-boat with her husband thriller-writer Gavin Lyall, with whom she lives in Hampstead.

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