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A Book of Mediterranean Food Hardcover – 1988

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: DK; illustrated and revised edition edition (1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863182410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863182419
  • Package Dimensions: 23.6 x 19.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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'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

A Book of Mediterranean Food - published in 1950 - was Elizabeth David's first book and it is based on a collection of recipes she made while living in France, Italy, the Greek islands and Egypt.

She gives us hearty pasta and polenta dishes from Italy; aromatic and tangy salads from Turkey and Greece; and tasty seafood and saffron dishes from Spain.

Whether it is the simplicity of hummus or the delicious blending of flavours found in plates of ratatouille or paella, Elizabeth David's wonderful recipes are imbued with all the delights of the sunny south.

'Not only did she transform the way we cooked but she is a delight to read' Express on Sunday

'Britain's most inspirational food writer' Independent

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Elizabeth David is the woman who changed the face of British cooking. She introduced post-war Britain to the sun-drenched delights of the Mediterranean and her recipes brought new flavours and aromas into kitchens across Britain.

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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 the Paperback edition.

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"Elizabeth David discovered her taste for good food and wine when she lived with a French family while studying history and literature at the Sorbonne.
A few years after her return to England she made up her mind to learn to cook so that she could reproduce for herself and for her friends some of the food that she had come to appreciate in France.
Subsequently Mrs David lived and kept house in France, Italy, Greece, Egypt and India, as well as in England.
She found not only the practical side but also the literature of cookery to be of absorbing interest and studied it throughout her life."

This, her first book, appeared in 1950:-

'With this selection of Mediterranean dishes, I hope to give some idea of the lovely cookery of those regions to people who do not already know them, and to stir the memories of those who have eaten this food on its native shores, and who would like sometimes to bring the flavour of those blessed lands of sun and sea and olive trees into their English kitchen' E.D. London 1950.

Interspersed with charming black and white illustrations, the ED notes make this a hard book to put down, as it is such a delight to read. It is so easy to get absorbed into the life of this fascinating woman.
This is not just a 'cookery book', but an insight into the pleasure to be found in food.
Definitely worthy of a place on the kitchen bookshelf!
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Fantastic book, extraordinary writer, very well written. It explains a lot of things, very good recipes, very well documented, I would definetely recommend it!
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A step back in time. A relaxing interesting read, with interesting recipes. It made me feel my age and brought back many memories.
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Rick Stein recommends Elizabeth David as I am sure most discerning chefs and gastronauts would do. These books set the context of the receipes which somehow allows the reader to gain a greater insight and appreciation of all the delicious receipes on offer. Great food does not date, likewise great writing - this book has both in equal measure - defo worth a read.
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I am just replacing my original copy which was in hardback. Elizabeth David opened the door to all the masses of cookery books available today. Her enthusiasm was very inspiring in those early days. With thanks.
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