"The secret of good summer food is the freshness of ingredients": Elizabeth David's Summer Cooking; Signed by Her
Item Number: 105488
London: Dorling Kindersley, 1985.
First edition of the re-issue of this classic work. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Elizabeth David on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Line drawings by Adrian Daintrey. Photograph of Elizabeth David by Cecil Beaton.
For the great English food writer Elizabeth David, summer fare means neither tepid nor timid. Her stress is always on fresh, seasonal food-- recipes that can be quickly prepared and slowly savored, from Gnocchi alla Genovese ("simply an excuse for eating pesto") to La Poule au Pot to Gooseberry Fool. Divided into such sections as Soup, Poultry and Game, Vegetables, and Dessert, her classic includes an overview of herbs as well as chapters on impromptu cooking for holidays and picnics. Chockablock with both invaluable instructions and tart rejoinders to the pallid and the overblown, Summer Cooking is a witty, precise companion for feasting in the warmer months.