A Book of Mediterranean Food is Elizabeth David first book, and made her a favourite with foodies everywhere. Originally published in 1950 A Book of Mediterranean Food 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 in A Book of Mediterranean Food 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 '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 'Not only did she transform the way we cooked but she is a delight to read' Express on Sunday Elizabeth David (1913-1992) is the woman who changed the face of British cooking.
Having travelled widely during the Second World War, 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. After her classic first book Mediterranean Food followed more bestsellers, including French Country Cooking, Summer Cooking, French Provincial Cooking, Italian Food, Elizabeth David's Christmas and At Elizabeth David's Table.
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(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
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When David first published this book in 1950 (with John Minton's delightful illustrations, also reproduced in this edition), she changed British gastronomic habits forever. Written as a 'personal antidote' to the bleak conditions and acute food shortages she found on her return to England in 1946, this collection of recipes is Elizabeth David's hymn to the sun. In her simple, elegant prose she evoked all the colours, aromas and flavours of the cuisine of Mediterranean lands, put its sun on our Formica tables and cast Yorkshire pudding and spotted dick into doubt. English readers, starved of such pleasures, found her recipes, interwoven with sharp details of Mediterranean peoples and customs, irresistible. Nearly 50 years on, the book remains just as contemporary. David's chatty prose, peppered with quotes and opinion, is as readable as good fiction, and her recipes are all so tantalizing that the book makes for good cover-to-cover reading. Every self-respecting cook should have one. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Elizabeth David
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.