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"Three cheers to Persephone Books for publishing this witty, sharp writer, nostalgic but unsentimental, humorous but precise, erudite and always elegant." - "Country Living". "Kitchen Essays" is a rare thing, a cookbook that is as fun to read as its food is to eat." - "Sunday Herald" (Glasgow). The author of "Kitchen Essays" (1922) was sister-in-law to the great Gertrude Jekyll, whose biographer wrote that if she 'was an artist-gardener, then Agnes was an artist-housekeeper.' Agnes was a famous hostess (the guests at her first dinner party included Browning, Ruskin and Burne-Jones) and her home, Munstead House, 'was the apogee of opulent comfort and order without grandeur, smelling of pot-pourri furniture polish and wood smoke'.During 1921-2 Lady Jekyll wrote unsigned essays for "The Times" with titles such as "Tray Food" and "Sunday Supper". "The Observer Food Magazine" commended - 'lovely Persephone Books' for reprinting "Kitchen Essays", "India Knight in The Shops" called it 'beautifully written, sparkling, witty and knowing, an absolute delight to read', while the "BBC Food Magazine" praised 'this exquisitely reprinted period piece'.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781906462031
ISBN-10: 1906462038
Format: Paperback
(188mm x 137mm x 23mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Persephone Books Ltd
Publisher: Persephone Books Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Agnes Jekyll

AGNES JEKYLL (1860-1937) was brought up among the pre-Raphaelites and was the sister-in-law of the great gardener Gertrude Jekyll; her gift for friendship and organisational skills made her a renowned and remarkable hostess at her large house in Surrey.