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  • Agnes Bertha Marshall
    Agnes Bertha MarshallAgnes Bertha Marshall was a celebrity cook during the second half of the 1800s, and wrote four cookbooks with many illustrations. She was particularly known for her work with chilled desserts, and is credited with inventing the first portable, edible ice cream cones (which she called cornets).
  • Ainsley Harriott
    Biography iconAinsley Harriott was born 28 September 1957 in England. He is a TV celebrity chef and a cookbook author.
  • Alessandro Filippini
    Alessandro FilippiniAlessandro Filippini was a chef at Delmonico's Restaurant in New York in the second half of the 1800s, and a cookbook author. He anglicized his name and operated professionally as Alexander Filippini.
  • Alexis Benoit Soyer
    Alexis Benoit SoyerAlexis Benoit Soyer was a famous chef and food author in Victorian England. He was a household name, and even often the subject of fun, if only owing to his penchant for flamboyant clothing that included a red velvet beret.
  • Anthimus
    AnthimusAnthimus is known in the food history world as author of De observatione ciborum (Observations about food), written either shortly after 511 AD, or sometime around 526 AD. Some people like to hype this as the first French cookbook, but in fact, that's a wild stretch -- it's far more accurate to say that it's the last cookbook to come out of the Western Roman Empire.
  • Antony Worrall Thompson
    Biography iconAntony Worrall Thompson is a British celebrity chef. He has published many books, has owned and run several restaurants and been on food programmes on TV.
  • Archestratus
    ArchestratusArchestratus was a Greek writer who lived around 350 BC, on the island of Sicily just off the boot of the Italian peninsula. Though not a cook himself, he seems to have been a gourmand and a lover of good food and eating.
  • Arnold Reuben
    Biography iconArnold Reuben (1883-1970) was born in Germany. Jewish to the core, he mixed Yiddish in with his English when speaking.
  • Athenaeus
    AthenaeusAthenaeus was a classical Greek author who lived in Naucratis, Egypt, [1] around 200 AD. [2] Thus, he's also referred to as Athenaeus of Naucratis.
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