Elizabeth David

Elizabeth David was no ordinary person. She developed her taste for food while studying French history at the prestigious Sorbonne in Paris. She became obsessed with French food and developed a desire to learn how to cook it well. She was a leader in the publication of modern food books with her first offering being in 1950!

But our favourite book was published ten years later in 1960 after stints in Italy, Egypt and India. Elizabeth David was a difficult woman. Many writers talk about her imperious nature and capricious desires. However, all of the negatives pale into insignificance once you start reading her alluring prose. More than most she can transport you to the south of France and lead you to the smell of lavender and honey, to the taste of daube and tapenade and the sensual pleasure of the crisp, white wines and roses of Provence.

Elizabeth David is a cookbook author to be revered and pursued. She is the Eliza Acton of the twentieth century.

 

The Cookbook Collection entry

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French Provincial Cooking

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