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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book for foodies, 26 May 2013
This review is from: Elizabeth David on Vegetables (Hardcover)
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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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