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Well-Presented Compilation of Mediterranean Cookery.,
This review is from: Elizabeth David on Vegetables (Hardcover)
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As a hardback, this looks very good in the kitchen - the photography is wonderful and almost every other page, has an enticing full-colour plate. The recipes are interspersed amongst articles and divided into logical chapters - they are a good size that allows them to be read easily on one page, while cooking, without turning over.
However, this is only a compilation of articles that have appeared before and they vary in style and detail. You don't always get a list of ingredients and some are exceedingly brief. Orange and Celery Salad, for example, is basically a one-liner.
Jill Norman has created this book as a tribute to Elizabeth David on the 100th anniversary of her birth. In this context, it does make sense in showing how her influence has changed the way that we in Britain look at Mediterranean cuisine and the simplicity of these dishes, which contrasts with more traditional views on what is good cooking.
This reminds you of all those articles in the Sunday Times colour supplements during the 70s and 80s. It's not an organised cook book, but I have to recommend it and give it at least 4 stars, for the enthusiasm that comes through in every page.
The photos add a lot, but I also enjoyed the articles. For example the story of discovering "Green Risotto" and how it is based on a wild asparagus that only grows for 10 days in May in the Venetian countryside. This is all about using the best, simple ingredients that would be available locally in Italy, Spain and Provincial France. It's appropriate to focus on Vegetables therefore, as Elizabeth David was "against pretentiousness and fuss " and these recipes epitomise her principles.