Press Release: An Omelette and a Glass of Wine
Introduced by the author
With a new foreword by Johnny Grey
Illustrated by Sophie MacCarthy
‘An Omelette and a Glass of Wine is different from any other book by Elizabeth David… I suppose it is the closest we are likely to get to an autobiography’
In her 35 years of writing about food, Elizabeth David contributed articles to a number of high-profile publications, including The Spectator, Gourmet magazine and Vogue. An Omelette and a Glass of Wine brings together 62 of the best of these writings dating from 1952 to 1984, showcasing David’s unique style and approach to her work. The collection includes recipes David’s articles are much broader in scope, and they revolutionised the food-writing genre. Subjects range from surveys of cookery writers from the past, to accounts of restaurants and markets in provincial France, places David loved and delicious meals she enjoyed. This delightful collection reveals a more personal side of the woman hailed as ‘the best food writer of her time’.
David began her career when food writing was a rather niche, eccentric, occupation. Articles featuring recipes relied on a stilted formula, but David broke with that convention. Paying her own way in the days before expense accounts, she sought out the best food on offer, whether in wartime Alexandria or the markets of 1950s Provence. Most things she proposes now seem common sense – cooking with olive oil or pairing Italian wines with English food. Yet, in 1960s England, the arguments had to be made, and make them she did, with energy and spirit.
This edition features the black and white decorations by Marie Alix from the first publication, as well as new watercolour illustrations by Sophie MacCarthy. A new foreword from David’s nephew, kitchen designer Johnny Grey, describes how his affection and respect for his aunt grew from his first visit to her kitchen as a child: ‘I felt as if I had entered a magic kingdom.’ It is in series with the other Elizabeth David titles from The Folio Society – Italian Cooking and A Book of Mediterranean Food.
Quarter-bound in buckram with printed Modigliani paper sides. Set in Bembo. 376
pages. 8 full-page colour illustrations, 20 black & white integrated drawings. 10˝ x 7¼˝.
UK £34.95 US $59.95 Can $69.95 Aus $69.95
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