Some Practical Recipes for Discerning Cooks


First English Edition

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

Collins [London]

8vo (191 pages)

Hardcover [Plum cloth]

Item Number: 209973



This is a very good First English edition copy, without dust jacket, of the legendary cookbook written by the Churchills’ longtime (wartime) cook. The book, so rarely seen, is in very good condition, the cloth bright and fresh, the contents fine, save for a lengthy former-owner name and address dated in ink “Dec. 25th 1958” on the front free endpaper.

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.