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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2004
"Elizabeth David discovered her taste for good food and wine when she lived with a French family while studying history and literature at the Sorbonne.
A few years after her return to England she made up her mind to learn to cook so that she could reproduce for herself and for her friends some of the food that she had come to appreciate in France.
Subsequently Mrs David lived and kept house in France, Italy, Greece, Egypt and India, as well as in England.
She found not only the practical side but also the literature of cookery to be of absorbing interest and studied it throughout her life."

This, her first book, appeared in 1950:-

'With this selection of Mediterranean dishes, I hope to give some idea of the lovely cookery of those regions to people who do not already know them, and to stir the memories of those who have eaten this food on its native shores, and who would like sometimes to bring the flavour of those blessed lands of sun and sea and olive trees into their English kitchen' E.D. London 1950.

Interspersed with charming black and white illustrations, the ED notes make this a hard book to put down, as it is such a delight to read. It is so easy to get absorbed into the life of this fascinating woman.
This is not just a 'cookery book', but an insight into the pleasure to be found in food.
Definitely worthy of a place on the kitchen bookshelf!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2013
Fantastic book, extraordinary writer, very well written. It explains a lot of things, very good recipes, very well documented, I would definetely recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2013
There is little point , in me writing another revue of Elizabeth David. She puts down the most amazing and totally workable recipes, and accompanoies this with the eloquence of a sophisticated and intelloigent author. She is in short the first laady of cookery books and I doubt will evr be surpassed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2013
A step back in time. A relaxing interesting read, with interesting recipes. It made me feel my age and brought back many memories.
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on 17 August 2012
Rick Stein recommends Elizabeth David as I am sure most discerning chefs and gastronauts would do. These books set the context of the receipes which somehow allows the reader to gain a greater insight and appreciation of all the delicious receipes on offer. Great food does not date, likewise great writing - this book has both in equal measure - defo worth a read.
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on 10 December 2014
For real cooks only - a fabulous classic but don't expect step by step instructions. She assumes that you basically know your way round a kitchen, you know fresh ingredients and what to do with them.
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on 6 January 2015
The book was for a Christmas present, the person who I gave the book really enjoyed it. I had never heard of the author before. I would rather have my cook book with coloured pictures.
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on 11 February 2015
some really good recipes in here.Cant wait to try some out.Bang goes the diet.
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on 13 January 2015
Great book bought for a friend. I have a copy of my own which I use regularly.
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22 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2000
This is the book that apparently lifted the spirits of all the 1950s foodies fed up with rationing. It is more interesting to read in its context than useful as a recipe book, many of the quantities are very sketchy for a start.
Very much worth reading though
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