French Provincial Cooking.
Illustrated by Juliet Renny.London: Michael Joseph, 1960 Stock Code: 143032
First edition, first impression, of the author's most influential work. David (1913-1992) taught herself Mediterranean-style cooking while living abroad during the early 1940s, and began writing a food column for Harper's Bazaar in 1949. Her first book was published to wide acclaim the following year, and she is now recognized for her profound influence on British culinary culture.
"David was the best writer on food and drink this country has ever produced. When she began writing in the 1950s, the British scarcely noticed what was on their plates at all, which was perhaps just as well. Her books and articles persuaded her readers that food was one of life's great pleasures, and that cooking should not be a drudgery but an exciting and creative act. In doing so she inspired a whole generation not only to cook, but to think about food in an entirely different way" (ODNB).
Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine in gilt on red ground, pictorial design to front board in red, top edge red. With dust jacket.
Pencil note l isting recipe locations to rear free endpaper, a small number of marginal pencil marks to bibliography. Tiny nick to foot of front board at spine joint, cloth bright, faint toning to outer leaves else contents clean; a near-fine copy in the faintly soiled jacket with creasing and a couple of short closed tears to top edge, minor nicks to spine ends.
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