South Wind Through the Kitchen: The Best of Elizabeth David

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Macmillan, Oct 25, 1999 - Cooking - 400 pages
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An irresistible, charming, and inspired selection from the work of one of this century's great food writers.

Like M.F.K. Fisher and Julia Child, Elizabeth David changed the way we think about and prepare food. David's nine books, written with impeccable wit and considerable brilliance, helped educate the taste (and taste buds) of the postwar generation. Insisting on authentic recipes and fresh ingredients, she showed that food need not be complicated to be good.

A Book of Mediterranean Food, published in 1950, introduced the ingredients of a sunnier world (olive oil, garlic, eggplant, basil), celebrating their smell and taste and above all highlighting the concept that food reflects a way of life and should be a source of joy.

Subsequent books on French and Italian cooking and a stream of provocative articles followed. Later, David's monumental English Bread and Yeast Cookery became the champion of the Real Bread movement. Her last book, Harvest of the Cold Months, is a fascinating historical account of food preservation, eating habits, and the astonishing worldwide food trade in snow and ice.

Many of the recipes and excerpts here were chosen by David's friends and by the chefs and writers she inspired (including Alice Waters and Barbara Kafka). This collection will enable some of us to discover and others to remember what made David one of our most influential and best-loved food writers.
 

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There is a warning in amongst the contributions to this lovely read, from Jackie Mallorca; “I find it is a great mistake to pick up any of Elizabeth David’s books unless you have an hour or so at your ... Read full review

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South Wind Through the Kitchen is a collection of Elizabeth David's best everything - best recipes, best essays, best foot forward (as the cover photograph implies) compiled by friends and family. It ... Read full review

Contents

Provence
4
HORSDOEUVRE
11
Paris
31
Buffet Food
48
English Picnic Meats
56
Martigues
71
Oules of Sardines
79
Chez Barattero
102
Fast and Fresh
243
Officer of the Kitchen
252
SAUCES
258
The Christmas Pudding is Mediterranean
271
Lorraine
293
Have We A Choice?
308
Storage of Bread
345
Ladies Halves
354

La Charcuterie
114
Have It Your Way
156
Cavaillon
186
Bruscandoli
216
PASTA PULSES AND GRAINS
226
Cathay to Caledonia
360
Index
370
Illustrations in this anthology
384
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About the author (1999)

Jill Norman is Elizabeth David's literary trustee. For many years she was a publisher, and later a publishing consultant. Author of The Little Library of Culinary Classics, she is director of the European Patent Office in The Hague.

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