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If you think Virginia Woolf’s novels are good, you should try her bread

A review of Jan Ondaatje Rolls’ ‘The Bloomsbury Cookbook: Recipes for Life, Love and Art’. How to make Dora Carrington’s nectar of cowslip wine, Vanessa Bells’s scones or William Cobbett’s loaf

12 April 2014

9:00 AM

12 April 2014

9:00 AM

The Bloomsbury Cookbook: Recipes for Life, Love and Art Jan Ondaatje Rolls

Bloomsbury, pp.384, £24.95, ISBN: 9780500517307

I have to declare an interest: as a scion of the Bloomsbury Group, I was naturally brought up on their cooking. During the course of her research for this book I met, got to know and became friends with Jan Ondaatje Rolls. She has certainly chosen a novel way to portray that well-known group of friends about whom so much has been written that it’s hard to imagine there could be anything more to unearth.

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