A classic in its genre, An Omelette and a Glass of Wine compiles Elizabeth David's short pieces on food and wine. A bestseller when it was first published in 1984, much of David's finest writing featured in magazines and newspapers such as the Spectator, the Sunday Times and Harper's, and these pieces contain tantalizing glimpses of her very ...
A classic in its genre, An Omelette and a Glass of Wine compiles Elizabeth David's short pieces on food and wine. A bestseller when it was first published in 1984, much of David's finest writing featured in magazines and newspapers such as the Spectator, the Sunday Times and Harper's, and these pieces contain tantalizing glimpses of her very private life. An Omelette and a Glass of Wine is an exquisite collection that demonstrates the talent that made Elizabeth David the most celebrated food writer of her time. "She has the intelligence, subtlety, sensuality, courage and creative force of the true artist". (Wine and Food). Elizabeth David rejuvenated the British attitude towards home cookery and is still considered to be one of the greatest food writers ever. She wrote extensively on food and wine and her enthusiasm for European cooking encouraged a revolution of the British culinary scene. Her books have remained influential since her death in 1992. This final compilation has been put together by her literary executor, Jill Norman.
Good but not as clear and original as expected from her cookbooks.
Jan 21, 2010
delightful, as usual
David is a splendid writer.who writes about food and cookery. Her books not only provide wonderful recipes, clearly and simply presented, but great reading. These short essays cum recipes are a joy to read, informative, surprising...the perfect gift for foodies who need a book that loses nothing by being read in brief sittings.
Jul 8, 2009
Elizabeth David's writings on food are scholarly, eloquent, thorough, and never condescending - she assumes you know your way around a kitchen. Just the thing for the armchair traveller. She is that rare thing - a food writer that offers tastes for the mind as well as the tongue. Not for the beginner, I should think, although you never know. Why not be brave? New fans might find her a bit of a snob, but if you can get past some initial prissiness, you'll find plenty of things to inspire you in the kitchen (and make you wish that you could get such ingredients here. As if.). David is an acquired taste that, once acquired, will bring you years of culinary satisfaction.
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