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  • Published: 19 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9780718178505
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $35.00
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Elizabeth David's Christmas


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A beautiful and timeless new edition of the ultimate festive food book, from the most loved and respected British cookery writer of the 20th century.

'A glorious way to celebrate Christmas'

Throughout her distinguished career, eminent food writer Elizabeth David published many articles on Christmas cooking and countless seasonal recipes. Elizabeth David's Christmas brings these together into a beautiful and timeless festive volume to treasure and return to, year after year.

Containing over 150 recipes, all the classics are here: mince pies, stuffings, sauces and - of course - the perfect turkey, as well as simple party dishes, indulgent desserts and some less conventional ideas inspired by the author's travels and her own personal favourites. Peppered with her practical advice and wry commentary, this book will inspire an elegant and memorable Christmas while taking the strain out of cooking for a crowd..

  • Pub date: 19 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9780718178505
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $35.00
Categories:

About the Author

Elizabeth David

Elizabeth David discovered her taste for good food and wine when, as a student at the Sorbonne, she lived with a French family for two years. After returning to England she made up her mind to learn to cook, so that she could reproduce for herself and 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, learning the local dishes and cooking them in her own kitchen.

Her first book, Mediterranean Food, appeared in 1950, when rationing was still in force and most of the ingredients she so lovingly described were not available. At the time her book was read rather than used, and created in its readers a yearning both for good ingredients and for a way of life that saw more in food and cooking than mere sustenance. French Country Cooking followed in 1951, Italian Food in 1954 and Summer Cooking in 1955, all of which were received with equal critical acclaim. The publication of French Provincial Cooking in 1960 confirmed Mrs David's position as the most inspirational and influential cookery writer in the English language.

By 1964 all five books were in Penguin paperback and were accessible to a new generation, who no longer had much difficulty buying garlic, saffron, basil, olives, aubergines, fresh figs or apricots, and who found Elizabeth David's philosophy of simplicity, authenticity, knowledge and care greatly to their liking. She became the guru for a new generation of chefs too, both at home and, notably, in California.

Elizabeth David found that the literature of cookery, as well as the practical side, was of absorbing interest, and she studied it throughout her life. Always fascinated by background and history, she turned a more scholarly eye towards English food and Spices, Salt and Aromatics in the English Kitchen was published in 1970, followed by the monumental English Bread and Yeast Cookery, for which she won the Glenfiddich Writer of the Year award, in 1977. At the time of her death in 1992 she was working on an equally epic study of the use of ice, the ice-trade and the early days of refrigeration, which was published posthumously as Harvest of the Cold Months (1994).

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