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Alice’s Book

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What happened to the books that were too valuable to burn? The story of a Jewish chef whose bestselling cookbook was expropriated under the Nazi regime. Alice Urbach had her own cooking school in Vienna, but in 1938 she was forced to flee to England, like so many others. Her younger son was imprisoned in Dachau, and her older son, having emigrated to the United States, became an intelligence officer in the struggle against the Nazis. Returning to the ruins of Vienna in the late 1940s, she discovers that her bestselling cookbook has been published under someone else’s name. Now, eighty years later, the historian Karina Urbach – Alice’s granddaughter – sets out to uncover the truth behind the stolen cookbook, and tells the story of a family torn apart by the Nazi regime, of a woman who, with her unwavering passion for cooking, survived the horror and losses of the Holocaust to begin a new life in America.

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“Unputdownable . . . By telling the story of the brazen theft of a cookbook, and the fate of its title long after the war, Urbach has also retold the tragic Holocaust story in quite unforgettable lines” A.N. Wilson

What happened to the books that were too valuable to burn?

The story of a Jewish chef whose bestselling cookbook was expropriated under the Nazi regime.

Alice Urbach had her own cooking school in Vienna, but in 1938 she was forced to flee to England, like so many others. Her younger son was imprisoned in Dachau, and her older son, having emigrated to the United States, became an intelligence officer in the struggle against the Nazis.

Returning to the ruins of Vienna in the late 1940s, she discovers that her bestselling cookbook has been published under someone else’s name. Now, eighty years later, the historian Karina Urbach – Alice’s granddaughter – sets out to uncover the truth behind the stolen cookbook, and tells the story of a family torn apart by the Nazi regime, of a woman who, with her unwavering passion for cooking, survived the horror and losses of the Holocaust to begin a new life in America.

Impeccably researched and incredibly moving, Alice’s Book sheds light on an untold chapter in the history of Nazi crimes against Jewish authors.

“As this engaging memoir makes clear, the theft of the cookbook remained for Alice’s entire life the symbol of everything that had been taken from her” Caroline Moorehead, TLS

“Urbach not only reconstructs individual fates from family correspondence and tape interviews from her grandmother’s estate, she also draws on a myriad of archives. […] The fact that she manages this without sentimentality is an achievement in itself. The facts are moving enough” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

“A remarkable book” Spiegel

Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch

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Weight 0.62 kg
Dimensions 23.8 × 15.8 × 4.4 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

368

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

940.5318132092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K