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Descriptive, drool-worthy food writing - a classic,
This review is from: Elizabeth David on Vegetables (Hardcover)
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I really enjoy a sort of... narrative, descriptive, mouth-watering approach to food writing. So I suppose that Elizabeth David's style is very much my kind of thing to start with - and that is why I am giving this book five stars.
It doesn't bother me in the least that the quantities are given in the description, or that the book is written in prose rather than bare instructions. I actually really like it. I guess this is also why I love Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries, so if you dislike those too, then perhaps this is not the book for you.
On the visual front, this is obviously intended to be a classic cookbook. It's not flashy or showy, but the photos do give added interest to Elizabeth David's recipes. I'm quite a visual person, and I like this - but the emphasis is very much on the narrative of the recipes and this is very much in keeping with the style of the cooking.
Although I am vegetarian, I prefer an agnostic approach to my cooking inspiration. I am not offended by the suggestion of chicken stock but am happy to replace it with vegetable stock as appropriate. If I know that a recipe is intended to be made with chicken stock, I will probably use a different type of vegetable stock (a more savoury one, if that makes sense, rather than an overtly 'vegetably' one). All in all - one very happy vegetarian here. I love this book. It's beautifully produced, setting off Elizabeth David's classic recipes to great effect.