"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 Frech Provincial Cooking; Signed By Elizabeth David

  • French Provincial Cooking.

French Provincial Cooking.

Item Number: 3661

London: Michael Joseph, 1960.

First British edition of the author’s landmark work on European cooking. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by Elizabeth David on the front free endpaper. A very good example in an excellent dust jacket which has had some light expert restoration. Illustrated by Juliet Renny. Books signed by Elizabeth David are rare.

Elizabeth David was an essential, 20th century food critic who wrote in the mode of short story with a passion for recipes. She provides background stories and recipe illustrations in an educational and accessible tone, while introducing the French notion of la cuisine terroir, "what grows together goes together." This, she believes, is the heart of regional cooking.