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Elizabeth David on Vegetables [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

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9 May 2013
Elizabeth David on Vegetables is a beautiful new collection celebrating one of Britain s greatest food writers in the centenary of her birth. With today s increase in vegetarianism and emphasis on eating more fresh vegetables, this superb collection the first time these recipes have been gathered together before will inspire a whole new generation of food lovers.

Now for the first time gloriously photographed, seven chapters guide the reader from soups, salads and small dishes through to pasta, rice dishes, and more substantial fare such as gratins and tarts.

Elizabeth David on Vegetables is a must-have for anyone wishing to give vegetables a starring role in the kitchen.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (9 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849492689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849492683
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 19.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Culinary legend Elizabeth David knew her onions and this stunning new collection (with over 100 of her vegetable recipes) is full of inspiration.' --Essentials, June 2013

'Elizabeth David on Vegetables is an excellent idea in that it draws recipes from all her books (and is also ideal for vegetarians).' --Country Life, 1st May 2013

'David's book encourages you to really think about vegetables and how you treat them, but also to be a bit more imaginative. This is rather pleasing for the haphazard cook. And with David's brisk but enthusiastic rough guide to all things fresh and vegetable, everything from courgettes to watercress can confidently take centre stage.' --The Independent, 4th May 2013

'Without Elizabeth David, there'd be a chasm deep and wide in all our cooking, eating and food writing.' --Metro (London), 29th May 2013

'This is a collection of recipes which have been written from the heart, with a clear understanding of the sensual pleasures that can be gained from the preparation, serving and eating of good food. It is no surprise that simplicity is the common theme throughout - David, after all, abhorred pretentiousness in food and anything that wasn't honest and authentic. With glossy photographs - which never appeared in the original books - Elizabeth David on Vegetables brings to life the work of a true icon of the food writing world which, I hope, will go on to inspire a new generation of chefs and keen cooks everywhere.' --Caterer & Hotelkeeper, 10th May 2013

'This selection of recipes, a 'greatest hits' compilation of vegetable and vegetarian dishes published to celebrate the centenary of [Elizabeth David's] birth, will come as a real treat for anyone unfamiliar with Elizabeth David's work. What must have seemed thrillingly exotic to a British audience when they first appeared now seem refreshingly simple and absolutely in touch with the way we want to cook today. This book couldn't be better timed to introduce a new generation of cook to one of the most iconic figures in food writing.' --Food Book of the Week, Daily Mail Online, 19th May 2013

'Food legend Elizabeth David revolutionised British cooking, bringing the colour and vibrancy of sunnier climes to kitchens everywhere with her dishes. This beautiful new collection celebrates the cook's best and most-loved vegetable recipes, spanning Elizabeth's entire cooking career, and is sure to inspire a whole new generation of home cooks.' --Great British Food Magazine, June 2013

'This selection of recipes, a 'greatest hits' compilation of vegetable and vegetarian dishes published to celebrate the centenary of [Elizabeth David's] birth, will come as a real treat for anyone unfamiliar with Elizabeth David's work. What must have seemed thrillingly exotic to a British audience when they first appeared now seem refreshingly simple and absolutely in touch with the way we want to cook today. This book couldn't be better timed to introduce a new generation of cook to one of the most iconic figures in food writing.' --Food Book of the Week, Daily Mail Online, 19th May 2013

'With their simple, clean flavours, Elizabeth David's vegetarian recipes have certainly stood the test of time.' --Cook Vegetarian, July 2013

'In the centenary of her birth, her editor, Jill Norman,has compiled this marvellous selection of David's recipes, from tasty soups and crunchy salads, through accompaniments to meat and fish, like courgettes à la nicoise, to main courses like the wondrously rich aubergine Parmigiana. This is testament to the longevity of a true culinary superstar.' --Good Book Guide, July 2013

About the Author

Elizabeth David lived in France, Italy, Greece, Egypt and India, learning the local dishes and cooking them in her own kitchens. Her first book, Mediterranean Food was published in 1950 to great success and was followed by French Country Cooking (1951), Italian Food (1954), Summer Cooking (1955), French Provincial Cooking (1960) and English Bread and Yeast Cookery, winner of the 1977 Glenfiddich Writer of the Year Award. An Omelette and a Glass of Wine, a selection of her journalistic work, was published in 1984. Elizabeth was made Chevalier de l'Ordre du Merite Agricole in 1977, awarded the OBE in 1976 and the CBE in 1986. In 1982 she was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking it real... 30 Jun 2013
By techpuppy TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Like everyone, I have my likes and dislikes but I'll try most things once (providing they don't include four-legged meat) and I muddle along happily omnivorous most of the time. I enjoy collecting cookbooks and can find something worth trying in almost all of them, even if sometimes they don't quite match my tastes. However I don't think I've ever stumbled into a cookbook that so matches my taste in vegetarian food as much as this one does and I'd happily eat this way every single day - really I aspire to eat like this every day. It's not that the food is particularly fancy, actually it's quite the opposite and seems to follow the Italian (maybe Mediterranean?) attitude toward cooking - get the best ingredients you can and then make something essentially simple with them, letting their actual flavours do the work. In other words make REAL food.

Of course Elizabeth Davis is no longer with us and so these recipes are gathered from her books first published decades ago and maybe that is what makes the difference? In an age of neon-coloured cup-cakes and techno-foods maybe it's just nice to be reminded of how appetising simple foods, made with a bit of care and flair, can be? The overall style is very Mediterranean and/or French Provincial, lots of olive oil and garlic and general yumminess. The layout of the book was disconcerting at first, there are no lists of carefully quantified ingredients alongside the method - most recipes are just a paragraph or two and you learn what's actually in them as you read how to make them. It's a book about cookery, not just a list of recipes, and once you understand that it's actually much more fun - you realise it really doesn't matter how many peppercorns you use, just go make something gorgeous. A real treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A surprise! 19 Sep 2013
By David Jenkins VINE VOICE
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I saw the title "Elizabeth David on Vegetables" and thought it must be a reprint of one of her original books. Only having one rather sad looking paperback by Elizabeth David I thought it might be rather nice to have something a bit more presentable and substantial on my bookshelf. To my surprise it is a new book!

Put together by Jill Norman, this is a coming together of vegetarian recipes featured in many of Elizabeth David's original books. When her books were originally published they were published in cheap paperback editions, none of today's high quality presentation let alone any wonderful food photography, which perhaps tells you how popular and influential they were in their day.

The bonus of this collection of recipes is of course that you have a very stylish book, beautifully photographed dishes but more importantly all the Elizabeth David vegetable recipes in one place. As a strong believer in meat on my plate I often feel I am missing out by not trying more vegetable dishes, and what a great place this makes to start with something different and interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book for foodies 26 May 2013
By pseudopanax VINE VOICE
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This is a lovely book, well laid out with recipes for everything from salads through bread to desserts, themed by main ingredients and interspersed with photos and with snippets of Elizabeth David's published food writing. The recipes are typical of David at both her best and worst; best, in that they champion simplicity and focus on using the right ingredients in classic combinations. Worst, in that while confident cooks will have no trouble following them, there is often an imprecision about amounts and cooking times that could spell trouble for anyone attempting these without some experience and confidence in the kitchen. A recipe for fondant potatoes makes them sound simplicity itself - in fact, getting these right is something which challenges even trained cooks. Similarly, what "a bunch" of something consists of will baffle the inexperienced, although on the whole the recipes are not of the precise type where a small inaccuracy would be a disaster.

The book is full of delicious, classic food in the Mediterranean tradition which David was so influential in introducing to Britain, and offers a concise and accessible set of dishes focussing on the vegetable element. It also makes great reading, reminding me of what an uncompromising, acerbic, and thoroughly opinionated writer David was. This is a worthy posthumous addition to the stable of Elizabeth David's classic cookbooks, clearly and intelligently edited by her literary executor Jill Norman whose light touch is visible (I think) in some editorial comments about ingredients and brands which bring the material up to date. This would make a very welcome gift for all home cooks with an interest in using quality ingredients simply to create delicious food.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A step back in time... 26 May 2013
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....to celebrate the centenary of her birth, simply Elizabeth David.

Following on from At Elizabeth David's Table: Her Very Best Everyday Recipes, we have another superbly produced hardback book with a dash of colour, this time spot-lighting vegetables. This selection is also compiled by Jill Norman - the trustee of the ED estate. She pens the introduction which concludes:

* '.....2013 is the centenary of Elizabeth David's birth. I hope this collection of her vegetable dishes, published to celebrate the occasion, will lead readers familiar with her work to discover dishes they had overlooked, and will introduce younger readers to the work of this remarkable woman who did so much to improve British food.'

This is a hardback edition, with dustjacket.
Inside the durable covers, we find 192 quality shiny pages split over main chapters offering a selection of the original recipes with their characteristic vagueness and approximate nature, interspersed with full colour plates, from Kristin Peters, and peppered with Elizabeth's writings affectionately known as 'essays'.

1. SOUPS
2. SMALL DISHES
3. SALADS
4. PASTA, GNOCCHI & POLENTA
5. RICE, BEANS & LENTILS
6. MAIN DISHES
7. BREADS
8. DESSERTS

The recipes are sandwiched between that aforementioned intro and a 4-page index.

Hardly surprisingly, I am hooked at the first plate, well 'dish' to be precise - a Le Creuset one, no less!
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