The Bloomsbury Cookbook

The Bloomsbury Cookbook

Recipes for Life, Love and Art

  1. Jans Ondaatje Rolls
  2. Foreword by Anne Chisholm
  • ISBN 9780500517307
  • 23.50 x 16.90 cm
  • Hardback
  • 384pp
  • 165 Illustrations, 113 in colour
  • First published 2014

Part cookbook, part social and cultural history, this book will delight both Bloomsbury group aficionados and those new to the subject, with over 170 recipes from members of the group, including Frances Partridge, Helen Anrep and David and Angelica Garnett, accompanied by hundreds of paintings, photographs and quotations

'Need this book' – Nigella Lawson, Twitter
‘Exceptionally beautiful, filled with paintings and drawings by the Bloomsbury Group themselves … This is the most endearing and enjoyable book yet about the Bloomsbury Group’ – Country Life
‘A window onto Bloomsbury via recipes, grocery lists, pantries, kitchens and, above all, dining tables’ – Virginia Nicholson
'Jans Ondaatje Rolls gets to the heart of the group by looking at what they put in their stomachs, and the result is a smorgasbord of 300 recipes, scores of beautifully reproduced pictures, and zillions of extracts from their letters, diaries, and various books which describe tastes, ingredients and the joy of a good feed. In page after delicious page, 50 years of soup, salmon and friendship unfurl’ – The Daily Telegraph

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The Bloomsbury Cookbook

Throwing aside the stifling mores of late Victorian Britain, the Bloomsbury Group fostered a fresh, creative and vital way of living that encouraged debate and communication (‘only connect’), as often as not across the dining table. Gathered at these tables were many of the most important figures in art, literature, politics and economics of the modern era: E. M. Forster, Roger Fry, John Maynard Keynes, Lytton Strachey, Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, among many others.

In The Bloomsbury Cookbook Jans Ondaatje Rolls invites us to dine with these enduringly fascinating individuals, taking us into the very centre of their world through the meals around which they argued, debated, laughed and loved.

Here is an intimate and astonishingly detailed portrait of the group, conjuring up the scents, colours and textures of breakfasts at Monk’s House, lunches at Charleston, tea in Tidmarsh, evening parties in Gordon Square and dinners in the south of France.

Beautifully illustrated, including original artwork by Cressida Bell, this is both a source of inspiration for the modern chef and a unique celebration of life, love and art at the heart of Bloomsbury.

Jans Ondaatje Rolls was born in Toronto, educated in Canada and the United States, and emigrated to England in 1988. She is involved in fundraising for numerous charities and is an active supporter of Pallant House Gallery, Winston’s Wish and the Charleston Trust. In 1982 she published the cookbook Chester Chowder, the proceeds of which support a home for children with special needs in Nova Scotia, and in 2009 she published Bosham Bisque, a cookbook for the benefit of Winston’s Wish. She lives in Sussex with her husband and four children.