Writing at the Kitchen Table

Writing at the Kitchen Table : The Authorized Biography of Elizabeth David

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In the course of her lifetime Elizabeth David transformed the way we eat. When "A Book of Mediterranean Food" appeared in 1950 it inspired a cookery revolution, bringing entirely new flavours and ingredients to the drab, post-war British diet. Yet her classic cookery books show little of the colourful personality behind the public persona. Here, with extensive access to Elizabeth David's private letters and papers, Artemis Cooper reveals an adventurous, rebellious and uncompromising personality - a woman with a passion for food, life and men. This is the whole story: of her strong friendships, her failed marriage, tempestuous affairs and the greatest love of her life. It is a story that even some of the closest friends never knew.show more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 26mm | 299.38g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 16pp b&w photographs
  • 0140263772
  • 9780140263770

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This new biography of Elizabeth David has been compiled with the help of full access to the iconic food writer's personal papers, bringing into the light for the first time the shadowy figure of her husband, Major Anthony David. It was his improvidence which obliged his wife to seek a publisher for A Book of Mediterranean Food, the work which made her famous. A haunting portrait of a woman in all her imperfections, who saw no reason to share her secrets in life, but in her books was generous enough to share her soul. Review by ELISABETH LUARD Editor's note: Elisabeth Luard is the author of Still Life and Family Life. (Kirkus UK)show more

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