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Summer Cooking (Penguin Cookery Library) [Paperback]

Elizabeth David , Adrian Daintrey
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27 April 2000 Penguin Cookery Library
A selection of summer dishes from all over the world, that are light, easy to prepare, and based on meat, fruit and vegetables in season. Demonstrating how an unconventional use of herbs can lend interest to the simplest meal, the author provides recipes for eggs, fish and meat.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (27 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140469974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140469974
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 600,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A complete newcomer to the kitchen could produce something delicious by following one of her recipes to the letter.' Paul Bailey, The Daily Telegraph 'For Elizabeth David, summer cooking implies a sense of immediacy, the ability to capture the essence of a fleeting moment, and her dishes bring the savour of garden, field and sea into the dining room.' Taste '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 Weekend

Gorgeous, simple, timeless recipes. --Irish Examiner

'every budding cook should have a copy of David's book on their kitchen shelves' --Raquel Fraccari, I (Independent mini version)

Gorgeous, simple, timeless recipes. --The Irish Examiner --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Cooking but useful all the year..... 12 Nov 2004
..'Roasted Cheese' & 'Baked Cheese Sandwiches' are my favourites at any time!

From the back cover:

'First published in 1955 Summer Cooking is a selection of dishes for table, buffet and picnic that are light, easy to prepare and based on seasonal ingredients.
Elizabeth David shows how an imaginative use of herbs can enhance even the simplest meals, whether egg, fish or meat, while her recipes range from a simple salade Nioise to strawberry soufflé......'

And from the lady herself:
"By Summer Cooking, I do not necessarily mean cold food; although cold dishes are always agreeable in summer, at most meals, however hot the weather, one hot dish is welcome, but it should be a light one, such as a very simply cooked sole, an omelette, a soup of the young vegetable which is in season - something fresh which provides at the same time a change, a new outlook......."

The book opens with a useful guide to keeping and using fresh herbs.
Then follow the simply titled chapters:

* Hord d'oeuvre & Salads
* Soups
* Eggs
* Fish
* Meat
* Poultry & Game
* Vegetables
* Sauces
* Sweets
* Jams, Jellies and Other Preserves
* Buffet Food
* Improvised Cooking for Holidays & Weekends
* Picnics

along with 'Conversion Tables', and a full index.

Overall, 234 pages full of information and recipes, broken up with just the chapter opening black and white illustration.
Recipes are often more than one to a page and carry over on to a second.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth David iconic 25 Aug 2013
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Perfect condition, rapid delivery and great price, what more can i say. I am a great fan of this author and it is nice to know that rather than trawling around second hand shops I now just have to turn to amazon for further purchases
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5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Cooking 1 Aug 2013
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Great book. Arrived promptly and is a great addition to my collection.Looks cool in the kitchen as well. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must have cook book 30 May 2013
By Annie
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Classic, practical recipes that work and are as good to read about as they are to use, Elisabeth David never fails.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Cooking 8 April 2011
Though not considered one of her classics, this book has great recipes, especially for vegetables, and, inspite of its title, is invaluable all year round.
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