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An Omelette and a Glass of Wine [Hardcover]

Elizabeth David
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Book Description

30 April 2009
"An Omelette and a Glass of Wine", offers 62 articles originally written by Elizabeth David between 1955 and 1984 for numerous publications including "The Spectator", "Gourmet" magazine, "Vogue", and "The Sunday Times". This revered classic volume contains delightful explorations of food and cooking, among which are the collection's namesake essay and other such gems as Syllabubs and Fruit Fools, Sweet Vegetables, Soft Wine, Pleasing Cheeses, and Whisky in the Kitchen.Her subjects range from the story of how her own cookery writing began to accounts of some restaurants in provincial France, of white truffles in Piedmont, wild risottos on the islands of the Venetian lagoon and odd happenings during rain-drenched seaside holidays in the British Isles. Here we can share her appreciation of books, people who influenced her, places she loved and the delicious meals she enjoyed. Some of the best essays are those about others who wrote about food such as Norman Douglas and Mrs Beeton. She writes so vividly that we can see, taste and even smell the dishes she describes.Many of these pieces, such as "I'll Be with You in the Squeezing of a Lemon", from 1969 - about cooking with lemons - barely show their age. But even if they did, you wouldn't care, because of the rich store of information that David shares and the literary grace with which she imparts it. Some articles include recipes, but for the most part this is a volume nicely sized to curl up with or to take on a trip. Articles, book reviews and travel pieces, they will be new to many of her readers and a delight to all for their highly personal flavor.Jane Grigson praised it for including all the dishes most closely associated with her, Spiced Beef, Salted Welsh Duck and Syllabub. Her many admirers will cherish this new hardback edition for its 320 high quality pages casually interspersed with charming black and white illustrations and some photographs. It is a book sure to appeal to the 'Elizabeth David' book collector and readers coming to know Ms. David for the first time will marvel at her wisdom and grace.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906502358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906502355
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every time we begin to feel fussed by the cookery collaborators with their flashy tricks and colour photos, we can restore confidence by returning to Elizabeth David --Jane Grigson

Savor her book in a comfortable chair, with a glass of sherry --Bon Appetit

A revered classic containing delightful explorations into food and cooking. --Country Smallholding

A book full of passion and great food --Lesley Waters, Ready Steady Cook chef

A Marvellous Book --The Times

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5.0 out of 5 stars Still inspirational after all these years 27 Sep 2010
This is such a great book - I'm so pleased it has been re-published. While you might imagine it would be dated (and it is in some ways, but charmingly so) it is still so full of colour and inspiration that despite the years that have passed since so much of it was written, everyone who loves or would like to love French cooking should read it, or read it again. Elizabeth David writes in a way that makes you see, smell and taste the food she talks about so vividly. You don't need the fancy photo-art that typifies so many modern food books to awaken your senses - she does it with words. This is not just a food book, it is literary genius. Buy it and give it to your friends for Christmas. If anything will make you want to cook, eat, travel and write, this will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFULLY NOSTALGIC READ 19 April 2011
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As an avid collector of cookery books - over 4,500 at the last count - I've planned to get a copy of this celebrated book for so long. I'm totally enjoying every word that the late great Elizabeth David wrote in her newpaper and magazine columns, as 'An Omlette and a Glass of Wine' is a collection of her fascinating journalistic offerings. Full of fascinating reminiscings from all her travels, as well as the most intriguing recipes, and simple and sensible thoughts on food. This work prompts you to want to sometimes ditch all the complicated and elaborate recipes of today, and make a nostalgic return to the glory days of 'back to basics', as far as meal preparation and dining goes. This is a book which you will want to dip into over and over again....that is, if you don't get carried away and want to devour it from cover to cover in one sitting.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real food writing. 2 Sep 2011
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This book should be compulsory reading in schools, a collection of stories and recipes as previously published in magazines and newspapers by this wonderful food writer. Reading this delightfull book will jolt you back to all the things we have forgotten about simple food and it's preparation, and if nothing else the making of a lovely starter or supper dish from a tin of sardines is worth the title price, with modern TV food programmes pushing ever more expensive ingredients, how lovely it is to go back to a time when things were all together less pretentious and sensible, a truly 'must have' book for anyone who cooks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cookbook 28 Dec 2013
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The old oes are the bst. A traditional French cuisine bok. Elizabeth David is a classic -- what moe can I say?
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