Dallas   Enaeas Sweetlands     Once owned and signed by G.A. Sala. [image below]
KETTNER'S BOOK OF THE TABLE.
KETTNER'S BOOK OF THE TABLE. A MANUAL OF COOKERY. PRCTICAL - THEORETICAL - HISTORICAL. Written in George Augustus Sala's small neat hand - "The literary and critical portion of this book was written by my very dear friend Enaeas S. Dallas, sometime of the " Times" Newspaper and Editor of "Once a Week". A poem form Paradise Regained. Somewhat obscured by stencilled holes of the FORBES LIBRARY. NORTHAMPTON. MASS. LONDON. DULAU AND CO. SOHO SQUARE.1877. A poem form Paradise Regained. Somewhat obscured by stencilled holes of the FORBES LIBRARY. NORTHAMPTON. MASS. LONDON. DULAU AND CO. SOHO SQUARE.1877.
FIRST AND SOLE EDITION. Marbled end-papers with Forbes Library bookplate. On verso -1 fep. 1p Half-title - THE BOOK OF THE TABLE and an inscription in Sala's neat hand - George Augustus Sala, 46 Mecklenburg Sq. W.C. 1878. On verso a two-line poem from Paradise Regained. Title Page. [1]. 1p dedication to GEORGE AUGUSTUS SALA. [1]. 1-16 Introduction. 1p Half-title - THE BOOK OF THE TABLE. [1]. 19-500. 4 blanks for Notes. 1fep. Marbled end papers, Old red marbled boards with red leather quarter binding and tips, all with gilt lines. Red leather spine compartmentalised with dull gilt tooling. Internally a little brown aged but overall very clean. Also enclosed: 1p. 7x4.5 inches with minor creases. From the Reform Club 24th January - no year given. An autograph letter signed: "G.A. Sala to G.Linnaeus Banks, sending 'a doz. stamps for Shakespeare heads" and mentioning the Shakespeare committee business" Internally a little brown aged but overall very clean. Also attached: 1p. 7x 4.5 inches with minor creases. From the Reform Club 24th January - no year given. An autograph letter signed: "G.A. Sala to G.Linnaeus Banks, sending 'a doz. stamps for Shakespeare heads" and mentioning the Shakespeare committee business"
- Kettner’s was one of the first and oldest French restaurants in London. Opened in Romilly Street in Soho 1867 by August Kettner, known as a very fastidious chef to Napoleon III. English aristocracy in waistcoats, and in love, would bring their wives and their mistresses to try Kettner's French cuisine for the first time – feasts of carp fillets à la Duxelle, fried Gudgeon with asparagus in cream, devilled Kidney and thick Eel stews, all followed by Apple and Almond tarts for dessert. Ever popular with historical figures throughout its gilded history. King Edward VII is said to have courted his mistress, actress Lillie Langtry, there. They say that the philandering King had a secret underground passageway built between the restaurant and the Palace Theatre next door, so that his mistress could slip away after performances for an intermission of supper downstairs and a final act in the private rooms upstairs. The lounge and Champagne Bar have welcomed visitors including Oscar Wilde wining and dining the rent boy Charles Parker, Agatha Christie tucking into a bouillabaisse, Sir Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Bing Crosby among others. Kettner’s wasn’t just part of Soho, it was Soho. It was the sordidness and the sobriety. Rising up around the restaurant over generations, Soho was built and re-built to be London’s den of iniquity. Today, a more discreet and gentile Kettner’s comprises seven Georgian townhouses, including the Grade II-listed club space and two bars, all carefully restored with close attention to original features and details. On the three top floors are 33 bedrooms and the Grade II-listed Jacobean Suite, with its own private entrance. The Kettner’s well known art collection is inspired by the buildings’ former risqué reputation. Now, as is the way of the world, the restaurant is re-branded, re-born. The continuation of the Kettner name may serve only as a wink to the past and a nod to the future, in the sober but still vibrant district of Soho. E.S. Dallas [Enaeas Sweetland Dallas] was the author of Kettners 'Book of the Table' and was a very good friend of Sala's. G.A. Sala, born in London, tried his hand at writing, at a very early date and in 1851 attracted the attention of Charles Dickens, who published articles and stories by him in Household Words and subsequently in All the Year Round, and in 1856 sent him to Russia as a special correspondent. In 1860, over his own initials "G.A.S.", he began writing "Echoes of the Week" for the Illustrated London News, and continued to do so till 1886, when they were continued in a syndicate of weekly newspapers almost to his death. William Makepeace Thackeray, when editor of the Cornhill, published articles by him on Hogarth in 1860, which were issued in column form in 1866; and in the former year he was given the editorship of Temple Bar, which he held till 1863. Meanwhile, he had become in 1857 a contributor to The Daily Telegraph, and it was in this capacity that he did his most characteristic work, whether as a foreign correspondent in all parts of the world, or as a writer of "leaders" or special articles. His literary style, highly coloured, bombastic, egotistical and full of turgid periphrasis, gradually became associated by the public with their conception of the Daily Telegraph; and though the butt of the more scholarly literary world, his articles were invariably full of interesting matter and helped to make the reputation of the paper. Sala died at Brighton on 8th December, 1895. In an email I received from Linda Gifkins, she kindly informed me of a hitherto unknown edition of Sala's quite rare book 'The Thorough Good Cook', printed by Brentano's - New York, Chicago, Paris, & Washington in 1896. Sala was twice married. His first wife, Harriet, whom he married in September 1859, died at Melbourne in December 1885. In 1891 he married a second wife, Bessie, third daughter of Robert Stannard, C.E., who survived him.

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Dalrymple.   George     - A sole edition. Very scarce
The Practice of Modern Cookery;
ADAPTED TO FAMILIES OF DISTINCTION, As well as to those of The MIDDLING RANKS of LIFE. To which is added, A GLOSSARY explaining the Terms of Art. By GEORGE DALRYMPLE, Late Cook to Sir John Whitefoord, Bart. EDINBURGH: Printed for the Author. Sold by C.ELLIOT, Edinburgh; and T.LONGMAN, London. MDCCLXXXI.
FIRST AND SOLE EDITION. 1781. 1fep. Title page. [1] 1p Dedication to Lady Whitefoord. [1] 1+vi Preface. 1+2-462. 1+464 Glossary of Terms. 1+466-475 Index. 1p Errata. 1fep. Title page evenly browned. Some minor foxing and staining to first six leaves. Some very light age browning throughout. Original dark brown sheep boards. Modern sympathetically rebound dark brown spine with raised bands and blind tooling. A dark brown label with gilt lettering and lines.
- George Dalrymple provides us with around one thousand recipes, giving them both English and French names. He is also one of the first cookery writers to give a glossary of terms. These points are remarkable according to Maclean. In his preface Dalrymple explains "there are a number of excellent receipts I have had occasionally from others..." – Maclean may be rather less enthused had she realised that Dalrymple plagiarized many of the recipes from the Frenchman, Bernard Clermont’s cookery book, ‘The Professed Cook' first edition, 1755. (which in turn is a translation of Menon’s French work ‘Les Soupers de la Cour). George Dalrymple had been cook to Sir John Whitfoord and the book is dedicated to his wife. Sir John, the third baronet, lived in Whitefoord House in the Canongate in Edinburgh. Whitfoord is supposed to have been the original of Sir Arthur Wardour in Scott's 'Antiquary' and was one of the early partrons of Burns who celebrated him in verse and who made his daughter Maria [Cranstoun] the heroine of the 'Braes of Ballochmyle'. He was a very well-known figure in the Scottish capital and was depicted in Kay along with his cronies, Major Andrew Fraser and the Hon. Andrew Erskine (Edinburgh Portraits, 1877, no. cxcii). Thus it can be assumed that Dalrymple had cooked for the great and the good of mid-seventeenth century Edinburgh. This is a sole edition and uncommon in most cookery book collections. An interesting read also. Vicaire 244; Oxford p.113; Bitting p.114; Cagle 640; Maclean p.37; Lehmann p.141.

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David   Elizabeth     - Signed limited edition.
Italian Food
THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF ITALIAN FOOD HAS BEEN LIMITED TO 400 COPIES AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, ELIZABETH DAVID, OF WHICH THIS COPY IS NUMBER 168/400. ELIZABETH DAVID (And also her full signature, undelined) WITH THE COMPLIMENTS OF CPC (UNITED KINGDOM) LTD., FOOD INGREDIENTS DIVISION CHRISTMAS 1988. BARRIE & JENKINS LONDON.
SPECIAL EDITION. Large 4to. Light grey paste-down and endpapers. Half-title. [1] Title page. [1] Second title page. [1] 1pp Contents. On the verso, a re-print of Kitchen scenes from Bartolomeo Scappi's Opera. 7-16 Introduction. p16 Acknowledgments. On verso; A painting of a Kitchen. 19-224. 225-239 [1] Index. Light grey paste-down and endpapers. Light grey cloth binding with silver writing on the spine. D/J as new. Internally very clean. As new.
- A very handsome book commissioned by CPC UK Ltd. for Xmas 1988. With many coloured illustrations and wonderful reprints of paintings of numerous kitchen scenes. This glossy production definitely has the E.D. stamp. It has many interesting recipes and fulsome information on all things gastronomically Italian and Italian products. A signed copy of a limited edition of 400 only, published four years before her death. Probably one of the least known and very scarce Elizabeth David's publishing collaborations.

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ref number: 11179

David.   Elizabeth     - With a 2-page recipe typed and written by ED.
THE HARVEST OF THE COLD MONTHS.
The Social History of Ice and Ices. ELIZABETH DAVID. Edited by Jill Norman (A small publisher's device of a mermaid) MICHAEL JOSEPH. LONDON.
FIRST EDITION 1994. 240 X 165 X 35 mm. 1fep. Half-title. [1] Title Page. Verso Publisher's details. v - vi Contents. vii - vii Editor's Preface. ix - x Acknowledgements. xi - xvii Introduction. [1] 1 - 401. 402 - 403 Index. [1] 1fep. ENCLOSED: A two-page typed letter on thin paper with a large added note at the end hand-written by ED. Also enclosed is a single hand-written letter to me from Jill Norman the editor of the book and executor of ED's estate and papers. The letter confirming the recipe as ED's. Also enclosed is a folded card with a photograph of ED's grave-stone in the grounds of St. Peter's Church, Folkington, Sussex. Hard bound in dark blue cloth with silver text to spine with a fine dust-wrapper. Condition as new.
- Elizabeth David CBE, was a phenomenal writer of cookery books and able with her prose to evoke the very smells of the countries and their cuisine's. This gift inspired legions of admirers and cooks. Her books should have been called 'Great culinary travelogues with recipes'. This book about the winter months is a dense academic cum research work that still retains the interest and is also a very enjoyable read. Jill Norman has done a fantastic job to bring her friend's writing to print two years after her demise in 1992.

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David.   Elizabeth     - With E.D's signature.
English Bread and Yeast Book
Elizabeth David English Bread and Yeast Cookery With illustrations by Wendy Jones - Allen Lane (with illustrated drawings of bread loaves)
FIRST EDITION. 1977. 8vo. Front and back paste-down and endpapers with illustrated drawings. [1] 1fep. Title page. [1] 1p Dedication Page to Jill Norman with a planche signed by the author and dated 2.11.1988. [1] (1)viii-x Contents. xi-xiv Acknowledgements. xv-xvi List of Plates. xvii-xxii Introduction. 1p History and Background. [1] 3-547. [1] (1)550-556 Bibliography. 557-591 Index. 10feps. Very good D/W. Dark Grey cloth boards and spine with gilt writing. Condition, as new. A very desirable copy, especially with the E.D. signature.
- Elizabeth David practised bread making for 15 years. In the book the first part is dedicated to flour milling and its history, on bread ovens, Assize Laws on weight, price and content of loaves. She crucially defines different types of flours available and explains distinctions between them. The second half of the book is devoted to recipes. She finally concurs with the author who wrote - 'the great thing about baking with yeast is the difficulty of failure'. It can also be said; the greatest thing about reading this book is the difficulty of not enjoying.!

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David.   Elizabeth     - A rare collection of E.D. signed ephemera.
TWENTY-FIVE ITEMS; BOOKS, BOOKLETS, CATALOGUES AND MAGAZINES.
9 BOOKLETS - 1. Green Pepper Berries (very rare). 2. English Potted Meats & Fish Pastes. 3. Syllabubs & Fruit Fools. 4. The Baking of an English Loaf. 5. Dried Herbs, Aromatics & Condiments. 6. The Use of Wine in Italian Cooking. 7. Entertaining with Grand Marnier. 8. 1st Edition 1963. 16 pages. 'Cooking with Le Creuset' (very rare). 9. Later & enlarged edition. Ring bound 38 pages. Cooking with Le Creuset. 1. BOOK. Classic Indian Vegetarian Cooking by Julie Sahni. 621 pages. With a letter from the publisher, Maria Guarnaschelli of William Morrow & Co. of New York. Asking E.D. to read the book and give her opinion. E.D. numbered the pages and wrote the 24 substantial points of critique on the back of the letter in ink. E.D. must have typed out her critical points and sent them to Maria Guarnaschelli. The points were sent Julie Sahni who responded back to E.D. as there is a further typed reply from E.D. (not signed). It also appears in the reply that E.D. appreciated and rated Sahni's book very highly. 1. AUCTION CATALOGUE. To be sold by Auction at Phillips of Bayswater on Tuesday, February 22nd, 1994 at 12 noon. This was a very well attended sell-off of E.D's house contents after her death in 1992. 1. Beautifully designed 4 page thick paper E.D. Memorial Service booklet. The front and back covers are a reprint of John Minton's dust wrapper for French Country Cooking. With the full service schedule and list of appreciations. 2. E.D. SHOP CATALOGUES. 1967-8. 1 finished equipment catalogue of 20 Pages. 2. E.D's working catalogue copy with all the extensive notations and changes in her hand. (very rare) 4. E.D. SHOP CATALOGUES & ONE ENVELOPE. 1. Kitchen Utensils. Price List 1968-9. E.D's own copy with all the new prices stuck on. 2. Summer Cooking 1968: A large A3 glossy catalogue folded into 8 pages of Kitchen Utensils and Prices. 3. Another glossy working catalogue of 20 pages of equipment and prices. Some pages empty. 4. In a brown envelope addressed to the shop form the Printer. A note in green ink in E.D's own hand informing its E.D's own copy. 1. WINE & FOOD MAGAZINE. February/March 1969. (E.D's Members copy.) With a 4 page article by E.D. specifically with recipes for Lemons. A further 2 page article about Kitchen knives that were sold in E. D's shop at 46 Bourne St. London S.W.1. An interesting read. 1. SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE. October 31st 1965. A 2 page article about E.D's shop opening the next day on November 1st. There is also a large 2 page photograph of E.D's kitchen in her house. 1. LARGE FORMAT 1st DRAFT WORKING COPY. Of equipment lists with annotations in E.D's hand. 9 BOOKLETS - 1. Green Pepper Berries (very rare). 2. English Potted Meats & Fish Pastes. 3. Syllabubs & Fruit Fools. 4. The Baking of an English Loaf. 5. Dried Herbs, Aromatics & Condiments. 6. The Use of Wine in Italian Cooking. 7. Entertaining with Grand Marnier. 8. 1st Edition 1963. 16 pages. Cooking with Le Creuset. (very rare). 9. Later & enlarged edition. Ring bound 38 pages. Cooking with Le Creuset. 1. BOOK. Classic Indian Vegetarian Cooking by Julie Sahni. 621 pages. With a letter from the publisher, Maria Guarnaschelli of William Morrow & Co. of New York. Asking E.D. to read the book and give her opinion. E.D. numbered the pages and wrote the 24 substantial points of critique on the back of the letter in ink. E.D. must have typed out her critical points and sent them to Maria Guarnaschelli. The points were sent Julie Sahni who responded back to E.D. as there is a further typed reply from E.D. (not signed). It also appears in the reply that E.D. appreciated and rated Sahni's book very highly. 1. AUCTION CATALOGUE. To be sold by Auction at Phillips of Bayswater on Tuesday, February 22nd, 1994 at 12 noon. This was a very well attended sell-off of E.D's house contents after her death in 1992. 1. Beautifully designed 4 page thick paper E.D. Memorial Service booklet. The front and back covers are a reprint of John Minton's dust wrapper for French Country Cooking. With the full service schedule and list of appreciations. 2. E.D. SHOP CATALOGUES. 1967-8. 1 finished equipment catalogue of 20 Pages. 2. E.D's working catalogue copy with all the extensive notations and changes in her hand. (very rare) 4. E.D. SHOP CATALOGUES & ONE ENVELOPE. 1. Kitchen Utensils. Price List 1968-9. E.D's own copy with all the new prices stuck on. 2. Summer Cooking 1968: A large A3 glossy catalogue folded into 8 pages of Kitchen Utensils and Prices. 3. Another glossy working catalogue of 20 pages of equipment and prices. Some pages empty. 4. In a brown envelope addressed to the shop from the Printer. A note in green ink in E.D's own hand informing its E.D's own copy. 1. WINE & FOOD MAGAZINE. February/March 1969. (E.D's Members copy.) With a 4 page article by E.D. specifically with recipes for Lemons. A further 2 page article about Kitchen knives that were sold in E. D's shop at 46 Bourne St. London S.W.1. An interesting read. 1. SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE. October 31st 1965. A 2 page article about E.D's shop opening the next day on November 1st. There is also a large 2 page photograph of E.D's kitchen in her house. 1. LARGE FORMAT 1st DRAFT WORKING COPY. Of equipment lists with annotations in E.D's hand.
All the above in fine condition and housed in a specially made box with leather spine, gilt tooling and morocco leather labels.
- Further to Elizabeth David's famous published cookery books, she continued to produce many small specialized recipe booklets, written multi-media articles etc. She also owned a kitchen equipment shop in Pimlico. The items assembled here over many years is a comprehensive collection of all aspects of her phenomenal output besides her books.

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David.   Elizabeth    
Italian Food
ELIZABETH DAVID BARRIE & JENKINS LONDON.
3rd Edition. 1987. Large 4to. Light grey paste-down and endpapers. Half-title. [1] Title page. [1] 1p Contents. On the verso, a re-print of Kitchen scenes from Bartolomeo Scappi's Opera. 7-16 Introduction by E.D. p16 Acknowledgements. On verso; A painting of a Kitchen. 19-224. 225-239(1) Index. Light grey paste-down and endpapers. Light grey cloth binding with silver writing on the spine and very slight fading to edges. D/J slightly rubbed at top and bottom of the spine. Internally very clean. As new.
- A very scarce edition. This is a revised reprint of the the 1954 first edition of Italian Food. In the introduction by E.D. in this copy, she states that "this 1987 edition differs from its predecessors chiefly in that revisions made over many years in the form of footnotes to recipes have now been incorporated into the main body of the text". Printed 5 years before her death, this book is not commonly known to have been published and to be directly attributable to E.D. Very scarce.

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David.   Elizabeth     - With a small letter from E.D. with her signature.
Summer Cooking
SUMMER COOKING by ELIZABETH DAVID. LONDON MUSEUM PRESS. (With a 1" vignette of carafe and glass of wine.)
FIRST EDITION. 1955. 1fep. Half-title. [1] Title page. [1] 1pp Contents. [1] 7-10 Introduction and Acknowledgments. 11-244. 245-256 Index. 1fep. Light green cloth binding with gilt lines and lettering on spine. Internally as new. With Adrian Daintrey illustrations through out. A touch faded at the spine ends. With the rare original Adrian Daintrey d/j with slight chipping at spine ends and cover folds with little loss. Protected by a plastic cover. Also enclosed is a letter addressed to Richard C. Laade from E.D. postmarked 2.11.88. Inside the letter is a small square of paper stating 'You Must have quite a collection E.D.', also dated 2.11.88. (A little research on the web revealed that Richard Laade is/was an inveterate collector of signatures. This helps to explain the rather cryptic message and size of the letter). Also rather interestingly and unusually, Elizabeth has signed her name in very small writing on the inside of the letter as well. A very nice scarce copy that gets elevated to rare with the original d/j and the signed letter.
- Born Elizabeth Gwynne, she was of mixed English and Irish ancestry, and came from a rather grand background, growing up with three sisters in the 17th century Sussex manor house, Wootton Manor. Her parents were Rupert Gwynne, Conservative MP for Eastbourne, and the Hon. Stella Ridley who came from a distinguished Northumberland family. Her uncle, Roland Gwynne, later became Mayor of Eastbourne and may have been a lover of suspected serial killer John Bodkin Adams. She studied at the Sorbonne, living with a French family for two years, which led to a love of France and of food. At the age of 19, she was given her first cookery book, The Gentle Art of Cookery by Hilda Leyel, who wrote of her love with the food of the East. "If I had been given a standard Mrs Beeton instead of Mrs Leyel's wonderful recipes," she said, "I would probably never have learned to cook." Gwynne had an adventurous early life, leaving home to become an actress. She left England in 1939, when she was twenty-five, and bought a boat with her married lover Charles Gibson-Cowan intending to travel around the Mediterranean. The onset of World War II interrupted this plan, and they had to flee the German occupation of France. They left Antibes for Corsica and then on to Italy where the boat was impounded, having arrived on the day Italy declared war on Britain. They were eventually deported to Greece, then made their way to the Greek island of Syros living there for a period, where she learnt about Greek food and spent time with famous bohemians such as Lawrence Durrell. When the Germans invaded Greece they managed to flee to Crete where they were rescued by the British and evacuated to Egypt, where she lived firstly in Alexandria and eventually in Cairo. There Gwynne started work for the Ministry of Information, split from Gibson-Cowan, and eventually took on a marriage of convenience to Lieutenant-Colonel Tony David; this gave her a measure of respectability but David was a man whom she did not ultimately respect, and their relationship ended soon after an eight month posting in India. She had many lovers in the ensuing years. On her return to London in 1946, David began to write cookery articles and in 1949 the publisher John Lehmann offered her a hundred-pound advance for Mediterranean Food; the start of a dazzling writing career. David spent eight months researching Italian food in Venice, Tuscany and Capri. This resulted in Italian Food in 1954, with illustrations by Renato Guttuso, which was famously described by Evelyn Waugh in the Sunday Times as one of the two books which had given him the most pleasure that year. Many of the ingredients were unknown in England when the books were first published, and David had to suggest looking for olive oil in pharmacies where it was sold for treating earache. Within a decade, ingredients such as aubergines, saffron and pasta began to appear in shops, thanks in no small part to David's books. David gained fame, respect and high status and advised many chefs and companies. In November 1965, she opened her own shop devoted to cookery in Pimlico, London. She wrote articles for Vogue magazine, one of the first in the genre of food-travel. In 1963, when she was 49, she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, possibly related to her heavy drinking. Although she recovered, it affected her sense of taste and her libido. Her other books include: * Mediterranean Food, decorated by John Minton, published by John Lehmann (1950) * French Country Cooking, decorated by John Minton, published by John Lehmann (1951) * Italian Food (1954) * French Provincial Cooking (1960) * Spices, Salt and Aromatics in the English Kitchen (1970) * An Omelette and a Glass of Wine (1984) * English Bread and Yeast Cookery (1977) * Harvest of the Cold Months (1994) * Many various booklets for companies and her shop .

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ref number: 11013

David.   Elizabeth     - A rare E.D. Booklet.
THE USE OF WINE IN ITALIAN COOKING.
Drawn by J. Strickland-Goodall, R.I.). Author of Mediterranean Food (1950). French Country Cookery (1950). (JOHN LEHMANN).
170 x 130mm. On verso of Cover - 1p. Contents. (1) Index to Wines and Recipes. 1-19. [1]. Back page the publisher's vignette by Saccone & Speed Ltd. Front cover - delicate fine illustration of an Italian country scene. Dark cream coloured thick paper. Fine condition. Housed in a slip inside a handsome folder with marbled paper and label.
- Elizabeth David's written output was phenomenal. She published many items besides her cookery books. Including also the new stock catalogues for her shop that she did on a regular basis, many booklets (see item #11180 on this site), similar to this one about Italian wine. There is her inspired ring bound 'Cooking with Le Creuset' and her many articles published in magazines. Waking people up in the 50's and 60's to the wonderful cuisines and produce of Italy, the Mediterranean and France, she wowed people with her captivating writing style. Besides being books about cookery they were also eye-opening travelogues. Due to the dull foodstuffs available in Britain after the war, her writing was singularly, one of the most dynamic reasons people, cooks and chefs started demanding better produce be made available from those countries she wrote about. Elizabeth David was a writer who inspired deep devotion and affection. Many well known self-taught chefs and cooks started by first finding and reading her books and being inspired. Her writing should be part of the curriculum of all catering colleges for aspiring new young chefs .

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David.   Elizabeth     - Inscribed by E.D. and with a Xmas card from her publisher.
A Book of Mediterranean Food.
A Book of Mediterranean FOOD By Elizabeth David. Decorated by John Minton. John Lehman Ltd. London.
FIRST EDITION.1950. With nice clean John Minton designed d/j with small chip at top and bottom of spine. With inscription on fep in E.D's own distinctive handwriting -- "With the very best wishes for E.P. Warner June 1950". Half Title. Frontispiece and Title page. Introduction pp.v-viii. Acknowledgments pp.ix-x. 2pp Contents. 2pp. Soup.[15-181] (1) Index. pp.183-191. 1fep. With John Minton illustrations through out. Also enclosed is a Xmas Card designed by John Minton. The message reads "A Happy Christmas from John Lehman" It has been signed in blue ink by Lehman "To Elizabeth 1951"
- John Lehman was the entrepreneurial publisher of the adventurous and prestigious Penguin New Writing. He was unsure of E.D's original messy manuscript declaring it the untidiest he had ever received. In spite of his original misgivings he eventually became thrilled with the work and paid her an advance of £100.oo: £50.oo on signature of the contract and £50.oo on publication. No one at that time could possibly envisage the massive influence she would exert on a generation of food enthusiasts, cooks and chefs and the admiration and love in which she and her precise, captivating and eloquent writing would be regarded. This is a fine and very unique copy of E.D's first book. As she was not so well known at this time, copies of the first edition of 'Mediterranean Food' with inscriptions are very rare.

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ref number: 10995