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4.0 out of 5 stars Here you will share in David's culinary journey of discovery, 25 Jan. 1999
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This review is from: Elizabeth David: A Biography. A Mediterranean Passion (Hardcover)
This is a fascinating book about a fascinating and often complex character. Although Elizabeth David spent time in France as a child her discovery of food was the result her travels before and during the second world war. David's books have always seemed to me to be almost classic travel writing. Here we see that she develope her interests as she travelled. He approach to food was determined primarily by the people she was with at various times in her life. As her reputation grew we see her becoming more authorative about the history and philosophy of food. Earlier it seemed that her talent was as a writer - she happened to write about food, But later she amassed a huge library of books on food - her collection is still to be fully catalogued and listed. In particular, she had the insight to explore our own food traditions, receiving criticism from those who thought she should stick to the food of southern europe. Perhaps she paved the way for today's chefs who firmly root their work in a British tradition. She was an eccentric and passionate woman and what comes out most strongly in this biography is her fascination for people and friends, really her top priority. The Elizabeth David Kitchen Store business ended in accrimony mainly because, for Elizabeth, it was a centre for engaging with friends rather tnan being the focus of a business. Anyone interested in food should read this, You won't be disappointed. Lisa Chaney has written a fascinating book in which you share much of Elizabeth David's journey of culinary discovery.
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