A Tale of 12 Kitchens,
Family Cooking
in Four Countries

2006

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Artisan Books:
Written, photographed and designed
by Jake Tilson
250 x 196mm
288 pages
ISBN 1 841 88262 3

This is a cookbook that embraces all aspects of food, teeming with recipes and references – the result of Jake Tilson’s lifelong passion for food.
A Tale of 12 Kitchens recounts Jake’s adventures with food as he asks why do
we cook what we cook, what affects our culinary habits? Is it childhood, marriage, the neighbourhood or what we saw on television last night? Whether visiting his wife’s family in the rich farmlands of Aberdeenshire in north-east Scotland where food is an essential part of hospitality, or working his way through the entire breakfast menu in two West Broadway diners, or foraging hill-fresh herbs from his parents’ garden in Tuscany, or finding the best second-hand cooking utensils in southern California, his unquenchable interest in every aspect of food is unstoppable.

Jake is always alive to the possibilities food offers in any context. His acute eye, and enticing culinary experiments and recipes make this a book, to be read, savoured, used – and above all enjoyed.

It is a joy to read and to look at, heart- warming, inspirational...
I love it ..

Nigel Slater