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The stomach for the fight: cooking for Churchill during the war

15 February 2020

9:00 AM

15 February 2020

9:00 AM

Victory in the Kitchen: The Life of Churchill’s Cook Annie Gray

Profile, pp.384, £16.99

Georgina Landemare cooked for the Churchill family in all their kitchens, during the 1930s and 1940s. She got as close to the inner workings of the prime ministerial stomach as it was possible to get for a non-family member. At Admiralty House, Chartwell, Chequers, Downing Street and even in the hastily put-up fitted kitchen in the Cabinet War Rooms, she eked out the rations into seven-course meals and accommodated both Churchill’s gluttony and his fussiness.

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