“To eat figs off the tree in the very early morning, when they have been barely touched by the sun, is one of the exquisite pleasures of the Mediterranean": First Edition of Elizabeth David's An Omelette and a Glass of Wine; Signed by Her
An Omelette and a Glass of Wine.
David, Elizabeth .$900.00
Item Number: 105673
London: Jill Norman Book, 1984.
First edition of this classic work by Elizabeth David. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Elizabeth David on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Drawings by Marie Alix. Photograph of Elizabeth David by Cecil Beaton.
An Omelette and a Glass of Wine offers 62 articles written by David between 1955 and 1984 for a variety of publications. Many of these pieces, such as "I'll Be with You in the Squeezing of a Lemon," from 1969--about cooking with lemons--barely show their age. But even if they did, you wouldn't care, because of the rich store of information that David shares and the literary grace with which she imparts it. "Foods of Legend" is a choice example. This essay is astonishingly timely in its discourse on a chef feeling compelled to elevate a humble country dish into haute cuisine. David bases her story on Master Chef August Escoffier's recomposition, over a century ago, of a Provençal favorite: potatoes baked with artichokes onto Carré d'Agneau Mistral, which involved adding truffles and rack of lamb.