June 10, 2016

Cookbook Style Love: Crabtree & Evelyn

Crabtree & Evelyn | The Naptime Chef

Last year my friend gifted me this gorgeous copy of The Crabtree & Evelyn Cookbook: A Book of Light Meals and Small Feasts. I don’t think I should call a cookbook with copyright of 1989 “vintage,” but the style is definitely of the late 80’s ilk. Yet, unlike many cookbooks that are almost 20 years old, I don’t think it has totally gone of the style. It contains so many recipes I like to make today and the illustrations have a timeless pastoral look. I’ll share some recipes I love at a later date, but let’s just look at the book today:

Crabtree & Evelyn | The Naptime Chef

The sections are divided by light meal menus. This menu for Lunch in the Old Dairy was written two decades ago but I would totally serve it today! (Isn’t that a great title, “old dairy” – it makes me want to go live on a farm!)

Crabtree & Evelyn | The Naptime Chef

Smashing Service is another favorite of mine, clearly meant to imply an after tennis meal. Also, what is Geranium Sugar? It sugar that is scented with actual geranium leaves. Totally trying that this summer and I’ll report back!

Crabtree & Evelyn | The Naptime Chef

Crabtree & Evelyn | The Naptime Chef

Each page is filled with beautiful vignettes and illustrations of English landscapes and botanicals.

Crabtree & Evelyn | The Naptime Chef

There are also pretty tablescape illustrations that I draw inspiration from even today.

Crabtree & Evelyn | The Naptime Chef

Do you have a favorite uncle? Here is what to make him for dinner!

Crabtree & Evelyn | The Naptime Chef

There are so many things I can’t wait to try. I plan to start with a Warm Summer’s Evening because it perfectly fits the season. Plus, a brie and blueberry salad sounds incredible.

There are so many more treasures in this book. As I cook from it I’ll let you know! In the mean time, comb vintage bookstores and library sales and see if you can find a copy for yourself!