Cookbooks That Changed The World

Writer Ben Rogers tells the stories of five cookbooks that shaped whole cultures and are still influential today.

Readings by Jean Trend.

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0101Lushi Chunqiu2004020920050102

Writer Ben Rogers tells the stories of five cookbooks that shaped whole cultures and are still influential today.

Readings by Jean Trend.The first in the series looks at Lushi Chinqiu, an ancient Chinese book of history that contains some of the founding principles of all Chinese cookery.

Ben talks to food historians and chefs.

0102De Honesta Voluptate2004021020050109

Ben investigates an Italian cookbook that moved cooking out of the medieval era and into the modern world of the Renaissance.

0103Le Cuisinier Francois2004021120050116

Ben examines a French cookbook that has been described as the first to get French Haute Cuisine down on paper, the book which turned French cooking into something special.

Readings by Jean Trend

0104The Art Of Cookery Made Plain And Simple2004021220050123

Ben considers a seminal BRITISH cookbook, one of the first to aim at the woman of the household and to put BRITISH food on the map.

0105 LASTThe Chez Panisse Cookbook2004021320050130

Alice Waters' classic 1980s cookbook launched California Cuisine and made people look around the world for culinary inspiration.

Readings by Jean Trend