Great Food Series by Penguin and Coralie Bickford-Smith

April 26, 2011

We chatted last week about scrumptious book covers by Penguin (In Stitches) and today there are more to share with you. This Great Food series looks beautiful and contains culinary delights within from all eras. The good news this time is that they’re available as of April 2011. I haven’t seen them in person yet but I imagine they will appear prolifically in time for Mother’s day.

Pen Vogler of Penguin Books shares her personal tale of how the Great Food series came to be:  “The twenty books in our forthcoming series GREAT FOOD are the love-children of an affair with old cookery books that began in the British Library last year. … It was a shout-it-from-the-rooftops kind of love (which doesn’t go down well in the British Library) so, instead of disturbing my fellow readers, when I came back to Penguin after my sabbatical, I suggested to the Penguin Press MD that we publish them in the Great Ideas format, for everybody else to love too. … Some of the books are tasters from the best-known of our cooks and food writers. … Some of these books aim to reintroduce the forgotten cooks of the past.  … And some of the books in GREAT FOOD are, simply, wonderful food writing.”

Read about each title on Pen’s website and follow her daring pursuit of the recipes as well – she’s working her way through the entire series.

The collection features the beautiful art work of Coralie Bickford-Smith who also did the cover work for a Great Gatsby series (lovely Art Deco theme) and the cloth covered Classics series.  Take a look at these on Coralie’s web site.

Enjoy a few close-ups here of some of the Great Food covers and titles:




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