The Bloomsbury Cookbook

Recipes for Life, Love and Art


This book is not yet published, but will be available from July 2024.

ISBN: 9780500297933 Category:

Jans Ondaatje Rolls


An intimate and mouth-watering journey into the lives and cuisine of the Bloomsbury Group, featuring numerous unpublished recipes, beguiling quotations and original artworks.

The Bloomsbury Group fostered a fresh, creative and vital way of living that encouraged debate and communication (‘only connect’), as often as not across the dining table. Gathered at these tables were many of the great figures in art, literature and economics in the early twentieth century: E. M. Forster, Roger Fry, J. M. Keynes, Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf, among many others. Here the Bloomsbury story is told in seven broadly chronological chapters, beginning in the 1890s and finishing in the very recent past. Each chapter comprises a series of narratives, many of which are enhanced with an appropriate recipe, along with sketches, paintings, photographs, letters and handwritten notes, and featuring original quotations throughout.

Part cookbook, part social and cultural history, this book will appeal to lovers of food and lovers of literature alike.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 16.9 x 23.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 25 July 2024
Number of pages 384
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Foreword by Anne Chisholm
Dimensions 16.9 x 23.5 cm
Weight 300 g


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Jans Ondaatje Rolls is the author of Bosham Bisque and Chester Chowder. She is involved in fundraising for numerous charities and is an active supporter of Pallant House Gallery, Winston's Wish and the Charleston Trust. Anne Chisholm is a biographer and critic. Among her many books are biographies of Nancy Cunard, Lord Beaverbrook and Rumer Godden.