Feasts For All Seasons


This is an English family’s classic take on cooking with seasonally available ingredients. The recipes are not only categorized by the typical cookbook heading but presented by seasons as well. A family’s celebration of the foods and international feast days of each season. In consideration of the budget, lavish meals are counterbalanced with inexpensive dishes and “encores,” the de Groot clan euphemism for planned leftovers. Interesting history of the author: Roy Andries de Groot (1910-1983), was a British-born American culinary writer and wine critic. During the 1930s, de Groot worked as a news and feature writer, film writer, and director. When World War II broke out, he joined the British Ministry of Information and worked for the BBC, where, during The Blitz of London, he suffered eye injuries that would leave him totally blind within 20 years. As his vision failed he switched careers to that of a food writer.


Roy Andries de Groot, Feast For All Seasons, Knopf, NY, 1966, 1st, 730 + index, VERY GOOD/NO. The pages are tight and clean with no stains or markings. The corners and edges of book show no wear, but the spine is sunned.