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The Wizard of the Kitchen. How a Dutch Chef Became a Pioneer in British Culinary Education

The Wizard of the Kitchen. How a Dutch Chef Became a Pioneer in British Culinary Education

Author: Trudy van der Wees Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2022

 ‘The Wizard of the Kitchen’ by Trudy Van der Wees is a biography that not only tells us more about the Dutch Chef who was at a pioneering point of culinary history, but also about advances and changes to the way the British cooked during World War 1. Iwan Kriens was dubbed ‘the wizard of the kitchen’ for his ability to make meals from scarce resources. He became the headmaster of the London County Council Cookery Technical School at the Westminster Technical Institute, which is now called the Westminster Kingsway College and was the very first government-funded cookery school for professionals in England. This is an enlightening biography for the eponymous chef. I hadn’t heard of Kriens before but his book with Dorothy Peel, ‘The Victory Cookery Book’, and his teachings about healthy eating and cooking practices deserve much celebration and recognition, and will enthral amateur and professional cooks alike. Alongside Trudy van der Wees’ story of how she discovered her ‘Uncle Iwan’ existed and the impact he had on British culinary education, this book also provides context, with separate yellow boxes with additional context for places and people mentioned along the way. Through this and the inclusion of images throughout, the reader gets a much broader understanding of Iwan and his family but also the first World War and its impact on food, how people cooked, the hospitality industry and its connecting businesses. This is an interesting book that will appeal to both historians and cooks and there’s even some recipes from ‘The Victory Cookery Book’ to try for yourself too. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

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