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Feb 25, 2008 06:59 PM

Elizabeth David-What do you think?

NYRB is having a book sale and this caught my eye. Anyone read this? What do you think?

A Book of Mediterranean Food
By Elizabeth David
Foreword by Clarissa Dickson Wright

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  1. David's one of the greats. Read it, savor it.

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    1. re: tatamagouche

      Buy and read immediately, and see where so much of what gets written today about food and landscape and culture and desire comes from.

    2. Classic - seek out all her books.

      1. all of e. david's books are absolutely must-haves.

        1. What they all said. I have also really liked the books of essays, An Omelette and a Glass of Wine and Is There a Nutmeg in the House, and very much enjoyed Artemis Cooper's biography, Writing at the Kitchen Table.

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          1. re: Allstonian

            I've just about finished "Writing at the Kitchen Table" and have been quite enthralled by it. I think at this point I have most of David's books, though I am missing Mediterranean Food, and one of the French ones. Mrs. David had quite the life, and the book is entertaining and informative. I may go back and read through her books in order. Also, I recently read "Spices, Salt, and Aromatics in the English Kitchen" and found it fascinating.

            1. re: MMRuth

              Mrs H cooked a daube on Saturday mainly using David's recipe from "Provincial Cooking" but also taking some bits from a recipe by the late Mireille Johnston.

              We're in the Pas de Calais region for a three days in May. Lots of good eating to be had in small village bistro type places.

          2. After reading all the endorsements above I just ordered Elizabeth David Classics: Mediterranean Food, French Country Cooking, and Summer all under one cover.