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Some Practical Recipes for Discerning Cooks


First English Edition

By: Georgina Landemare (With an introduction by Lady Churchill)

Collins [London]

8vo (191 pages)

Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Plum cloth]

Item Number: 209972


An extravagantly rare signed copy of an extremely rare volume, the legendary cookbook written by the Churchills’ longtime cook Georgina Landemare. This very good First English edition copy, in an unclipped dust jacket with fractional loss at the spine head, is signed on the front free endpaper: “Georgina Landemare June 14th 1961.”

Laid-into the book is an envelope handwritten across the front: “About the Author.” It contains a longhand reminiscence by a relation of Mrs. Landemare’s, whose father got the book signed for her.

In the 1920s Clementine Churchill began employing Georgina Landemare, an exceptional Hertfordshire-born cook, for special catering jobs. The wife of Paul Landemare, head chef at the Ritz, Mrs. Landemare was much in demand on the London social scene for all the best prewar banquets and weekend parties. When Winston Churchill returned to the government as First Lord of the Admiralty in 1939, Mrs. Landemare offered her services to the Churchills exclusively as their full-time cook (at a significant drop in salary). She took up residency with them at Admiralty House and soon followed the Churchills to Downing Street, working miracles in the tiny basement kitchen at No. 10, never sleeping until the Prime Minister had retired and always rising before him. She would cook for the Churchills until her own retirement in 1954, leaving this cookbook as her legacy.