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The writing of a cookery book involves considerably more than just writing. Literary authors may think that their job is hard, but it is a straightforward mingling of creativity and intellectual effort, as they gather and then tease out their research or pound away at the computer, like Rumpelstiltskin.
But a cookery book adds physical labour to the writing and research; the early-morning shopping bag weighing as much as a sack of potatoes, which it may contain. You imagine or translate and write down and then cook the recipes, every single one at least twice, which takes months, years.

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