Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Choice Books - Food: Elizabeth David French Provincial Cooking

Not ALL of my book shares will be food - I swear. This one is just too good to hold off on. I read Elizabeth David's cookbooks and connected immediately with the woman behind the recipes - it was only once I read more into her life and how rebellious, outspoken and challenging to conventionality she was that I really thought: YES.

Although Ms. David's first book was all everything Mediterranean (and also brilliant), this one I read cover to cover on holiday in Kent years ago and have re-read it since whenever the mood takes. Similar to Nigella's books in that you can read them as a book, rather than individually picking out recipes, this walks a brilliantly fine line between someone talking to you as if you are a complete moron (in a totally enjoyable way) and your favourite auntie talking you through her treasure trove of recipes collected over the years.

If you are older or into cooking you will no doubt have digested (see what I did there) all of her works, if you haven't, I can't recommend them - all of them - enough.

As The Telegraph says:
'We’re awash now with cookbooks, sated with television cookery programmes. Elizabeth David was the forerunner of them all. A hundred years after her birth, she’s still worth reading and learning from.'

Elizabeth David French Provincial Cooking is available from Amazon. For a few quid more you can buy 'The Classics' which contains Mediterranean Food, Summer Cooking and French Provincial Cooking - here.


  1. Thanks for this good sounding tip! Now I have only to check if this book is available in German :)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  2. Reading cook books never gets old, but I have to admit I usually pin my recipes at Pinterest: The most convenient way, and saves space.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  3. Hi Caroline

    I had an urgent query and would really appreciate if you could direct me to the correct products! I'm in my early twenties and have recently developed patches of hyperpigmentation on the sides of my fave (mainly around the sideburn area as well as the jaw line). I have been to a dermatologist who recommended I use the VI DERM hq free cream. However, I previously read on one of your old posts that Kojic acid should be avoided as it is a skin bleach and this product contains kojic acid, amongst other things. The dermatologist assured me that the patches are definitely hyperpigmentation and have been caused by sun damage and also excessive threading/plucking of facial hairs. please tell me what I can use to help the pigmentation even out and get rid of these Grey patches. I was also told to use spf 50 everyday as I am apparently prone to pigmentation. I would be incredibly greatful if you tell me what I should and should not be doing as well what products i need to be using. My skin type is dry/dehydrated.
    Thank you

  4. I also read cookbooks. More than I use them for recipes, in fact. I'll have to look in to this one!

  5. Ugh, French cuisine... I prefer Italian or Asian food. Much lighter.

  6. I loved this post! I inherited my mother's Elizabeth David cookbook called Italian Food, printed in 1966, 2nd edition, along with The Constance Spry Cookery Book. I treasure these books. She purchased them here in Cape Town, South Africa at the time.

  7. This looks like a great cookbook! X

  8. Elizabeth David is the best. Her writing is hilarious and, you know Caroline, I think there are some similarities in the dry, sometimes cutting way she writes about food and how you write about products. Hmmm. I'm 25 and I've been collecting old copies of her books for years so, everyone, get them, if you enjoy reading about food, and it's history, and possibilities.