One of Len Deighton's characteristics as an illustrator and design was his simple, black & white inked sketches which featured prominent black outlines. These are seen most effectively in his cookstrips. Originally created to aid himself when cooking, the simple diagrammatic aides were noticed by his friend Ray Hawkey, working at The Observer newspaper, who turned his illustrations into new visual cooking guides for readers. So popular and effective were they that they were soon published regularly and turned into the Action Cook Book.
One of the cookstrips is seen on the kitchen wall of 'Harry Palmer' in The Ipcress File film.
Deighton and his son Antoni are now writing new cookstrips each month for The Observer Food Magazine, reviving their popular series to critical acclaim by readers.