An Omelette and a Glass of Wine by Elizabeth David

An Omelette and a Glass of Wine by Elizabeth David newly listed for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!Robert Hale, 1984, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Jacket illustration: Jacket painting: Cedric Morris, The Eggs, by courtesy of Cedric Morris’s Estate and in the possession of the author. Photograph of Elizabeth David by Cecil Beaton. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: In acknowledging her achievement, the proprietors of the Gavroche restaurant speak for thousands of admirers. Elizabeth Davids books are read today with as much pleasure and profit as when they first came out, not only for the excellence of her recipes but for the quality of her prose.

Here for the first time is a selection of her journalistic work written for a wide range of publications. Articles, book reviews and travel pieces, they will be new to many of her readers and a delight to all for their highly personal flavour.

Freed from what she terms the straitjacket of the conventional cookery article she has let her subjects range from Norman Douglas in Antibes and Capri to Christmas preparations in Spain, from the origins of the canned sardine industry at Nantes to a debauching of mayonnaise sauce in Britain, from the story of how her own cookery writing began to accounts of some restaurants in provincial France, of white truffles in Piedmont, wild hopshoot risottos on the islands of the Venetian lagoon and odd happenings during rain-drenched seaside holidays in the British Isles. Here we can share her appreciation of books, people who have influenced her, places she has loved, delicious meals she has enjoyed. She writes so vividly that we can see, taste and even smell the dishes she describes.

Low standards and pretentiousness do not escape her opprobium and sometimes even more deadly ridicule. She has a keen sense of the absurd though her judgement is always fair and wise.

Reading An Omelette and a Glass of Wine is like enjoying the entertaining and civilizing company of the outstanding cookery writer of our time.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight but a pair of leaves were incorrectly trimmed with a resultant small tear at leaf 153/154.

Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 318 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt with you something from here?

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