Elizabeth David's Christmas

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9780141015323: Elizabeth David's Christmas

The ultimate Christmas food book from the best-loved and most respected cookery writer of recent times, including previously unpublished material.

Throughout her pioneering career Elizabeth David often talked about wanting to compile a short Christmas book. Over the years she collated recipes, articles and notes into a file and even went so far as to write an introduction for the book.

Beautifully written and illustrated, ELIZABETH DAVID'S CHRISTMAS contains the full file of around 150 recipes and is designed to take the strain out of providing festive food. All the classics are here: mincepies, stuffings and turkey, as well as simple first courses, party dishes and a range of desserts that make this book an irresistible festive fare.

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The celebrated food writer, who died in 1991, apparently always meant to write a book called Food for Christmas and had not only collected recipes and useful quotes but written the introduction, which makes clear her preference for smoked salmon and a glass of champagne without all the commercial fuss. She even regretted the failure of Cromwell's regime to suppress the whole thing, as clandestine festivities would have been much more fun than enforced jollifications. Her recipes vary between the deliberately old-fashioned, like spiced beef or suckling pig, and those intended to be innovative, such as the family recipe for chocolate ice cream instead of Christmas pud. A welcome revival that fills a gap for those who have thumbed too many times through Delia Smith's Christmas.

About the Author:

Elizabeth David was acknowledged as the best and most scholarly food writer of her time, and even today is considered by most to be without peer. She died in 1992.

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