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At Elizabeth David's Table: Her Very Best Everyday Recipes [Hardcover]

Elizabeth David
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14 Oct 2010

At Elizabeth David's Table is the very best from the woman who who changed the face of British cooking.

Elizabeth David introduced a dreary post-war Britain to the sun-drenched culinary delights of the Mediterranean; to foods like olive oil and pasta, artichokes and fresh herbs - foods that have become the staples of our diets today. Her recipes brought colour and life into kitchens everywhere, yet her books never contained any photographs. Now, published for the first time, is this beautiful new collection of her most inspiring, everyday recipes with full-colour photography throughout.

Published to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth's first book, At Elizabeth David's Table has twelve chapters guiding the reader from tasty soups and starters, through to meat, fish and desserts. Sections on successful bread making, as well as more extravagant dishes, ensure that this will become the cookery bible that you will turn to, time and time again. Interspersed throughout At Elizabeth David's Table are some of Elizabeth's short essays - from how to cook 'fast and fresh' using store cupboard ingredients, to evocative portraits of French and Italian markets.

'Not only did she transform the way we cooked but she is a delight to read' Express on Sunday

'Britain's most inspirational food writer' Independent

'When you read Elizabeth David, you get perfect pitch. There is an understanding and evocation of flavours, colours, scents and places that lights up the page' Guardian

'Not only did she transform the way we cooked but she is a delight to read' Express on Sunday

Elizabeth David (1913-1992) is the woman who changed the face of British cooking. Having travelled widely during the Second World War, she introduced post-war Britain to the sun-drenched delights of the Mediterranean and her recipes brought new flavours and aromas into kitchens across Britain. After her classic first book Mediterranean Food followed more bestsellers, including French Country Cooking, Summer Cooking, French Provincial Cooking, Italian Food, Elizabeth David's Christmas and At Elizabeth David's Table.


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (14 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718154754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718154752
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth David (1913-1992) travelled widely during the Second World War, throughout Europe, the Middle East and India. She returned to England in 1946 to write the classic Mediterranean Food, followed by five other books that all became bestsellers. Also a prolific journalist, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1982, and a CBE in 1986.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth David Always Best. 24 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful book in every way. Favourite recipes - they are still excellent and still work - with good photographs and some enchanting quotations from David herself. This is for cooking, reading and pleasurable browsing. Would make a lovely present for newly weds or for those who remember the originals with affection - and for those whose copies have like mine long since fallen apart.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 1 Jan 2011
By anna
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I own all Elizabeth David's books and re-read them constantly; nevertheless, this lovely illustrated edition is a welcome addition to my bookshelves. The choice of recipes and essays is excellent and the exquisite pictures are a reminder that ED was essentially a home cook; everyday food, if carefully chosen and attentively prepared, is a joy and needs no extraneous over-decoration.

Is there anything by ED that remains unpublished? If so, I hope her editor Jill Norman will be encouraged to publish - even her rough, working notes would, I am sure, be instructive and illuminating. In the meantime, savour this new work!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Compiled by Jill Norman, this is an illustrated collection of the very best of Elizabeth David recipes interspersed with a selection of her culinary writings, often fondly referred to as 'essays'.

When Elizabeth David's first book, 'A Book of Mediterranean Food' was first published 60 years ago, the trend for 'cookery books' was simply black & white, with some simple line drawings breaking up the text.
This 60th anniversary celebration volume is a compilation of some of her very best 'everyday' recipes, accompanied by full colour illustrations. Measuring in around 19.5 cm x 25 cm x 3.5 cm, this more 'trendily-produced' hardback is a fitting tribute to the late cookery writer, but still retains that inimitable je ne sais quoi one associates with the timeless work of the stylish lady, Elizabeth David.

'Duck with Figs', from pages 274/5, adorns the hardboard cover which opens to 383 quality matt pages, split over main chapters with capitalised titles:

1. Starters & Light Dishes
2. Soups
3. Eggs
4. Pasta
5. Vegetables
6. Rice
7. Fish, Shellfish & Crustacea
8. Meat
9. Poultry & Game Birds
10. Sauces
11. Sweet Dishes & Cakes
12. Bread & Yeast Baking

sandwiched between an introduction, a list of books and a concise index.
The book starts with a foreword in tributes, including Simon Hopkinson, Rose Gray and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

From the introduction:

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This book is not just beautifully laid out with fabulous visuals - it has gathered items by Elizabeth from all sorts of places e.g. Vogue articles, the first Terence Conran catalogue where she describes her ideal kitchen; until I read this I didn't know that Elizabeth was very tall and that her kitchen has extra high sink and cupboards.
I actually borrowed this from the library and it was so attractive and so useful that I thought I'd buy it - but it was still rather expensive so I copied 'Potatoes Dauphinoise' and returned the book to the library. Then I saw it in a bookshop and looked through it and realised I wouldn't be happy until I owned it
It is here now and already in the kitchen - I know I will be referring to it regularly.
I have all her books but this brings so much more to me
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring selection 3 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
Inspiring mix of old and less old recipes - inspired my mother to try out a few immediately - and she owns all well-thumbed ED books!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cook book 20 Feb 2011
By Big Val
Format:Hardcover
This is not just another cook book. The pictures are just great, the instructions are clear precise and simple. In fact I would be happy just to use this one book and chuck out all my other ones
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really is her very best...... 29 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book claims to be the best of all of Elizabeth David's recipes - and it succeeds. Carefully and cleverly edited with articles from the great lady herself; it gives more than a flavour of her writing, but isn't quite as heavy as some of her books can be. All the favourites are covered; Italian, French, bread and yeast etc. etc. The book itself is beautifully produced with enticing photographs and good quality paper. One of the most pleasurable books I have bought for a long time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cooking history
Even though I always wanted a book by Elizabeth David it surprised me that this particular book is so basic. Read more
Published 11 days ago by mojo
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted one for years
Wanted an Elizabeth David illustrated book for a long time. Hope to be trying yummy recipes soon . Remember excitement when her books first came out, as a beginner then ,needed... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mrs. J. Rochester
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting
Lovely colour photographs but recipes far too complicated requiring a lot of time and work. Many of them or the ingredientsw not to my liking so I will give the book to a charity... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Cook' delight,
I think that this recipe book should be in every cook's collection. There is nothing quite like it for some classic dishes
Published 9 months ago by Edward J. Merrikin
5.0 out of 5 stars Does justice to a great woman
Aged 18 I left Northern Rhodesia in 1959 for college in London. I purchased Mediterranean Food, and sat in my bedsit I was transported back to a land of sun, spice and bright... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anne Christina Holding
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This cookery book was a present for my mum, it was a real winner she loves it its great condition, posh, and handy, its mainly handy because its everyday recipes instead of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by The person to trust
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Lovely book, recipes beautifully presented (in fact it makes you realise how primitive recipe book production was in the 50s and 60s when she was writing). Read more
Published 19 months ago by David Noton
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