Title: Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook
Author: Celia Rees
Thoughts: It’s a book about Cold War spies who facilitate their spying through coded messages sent in recipes. If I’d been alive for the Cold War and been a spy, this basically would have been my autobiography.
“The prisoners were nothing to them, less than nothing, but putting them in jackets marked with a cross and N and N stenciled on them did not erase the human being within.” (p. 360)
“Their young lives had been shattered like their surroundings by a war that was no fault of theirs, but they still managed to conjure a playground out of a bombsite. If this country had a future, it lay with them.” (p. 381)
“‘So much of you is hidden, but each time we meet, I find out more.’ He leaned over to look again into her face. ‘I could go on doing that for the rest of my life and still not know it all.'” (p. 398)