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IAnglo Italian Time Capsule
on 21 October 2012
Fabulous little companion.
First saw it when Andrew Graham Dixon read from it and showed the pic in his travelogue with Georgio the Italian cook while they were in Sicily or somewhere.
Elizabeth David's reminiscences and reflections are very warm and informative. The first few chapters, before a recipe is offered, ref her travels throughout the land in the early 50s, are excellent reading, the prose very much a throw back to a more genteel Britain, but also with a noted humility, reflecting post war England's values. Her occasional philosophising is one of the quirks which make this book such cult reading. The writing is excellent, the english at times loquacious but always most apt.
Elizabeth tells us for example that as far back as 1930, an italian poet was railing against the dangers of eating too much pasta, before later offering reassurance through another, which can be applied to all things in life: "the important thing is to adapt your dish of spaghetti to circumstances and your state of mind"
Bedside reading or practical tipster, this little book should be read by all with even a passing interest in food, people, history and language.