'Britain's most inspirational food writer' Independent
She gives us hearty pasta and polenta dishes from Italy; aromatic and tangy salads from Turkey and Greece;
and tasty seafood and saffron dishes from Spain.
Whether it is the simplicity of hummus or the delicious blending of flavours found in plates of ratatouille or paella, Elizabeth David's wonderful recipes are imbued with all the delights of the sunny south.
'Not only did she transform the way we cooked but she is a delight to read' Express on Sunday
Elizabeth David is the woman who changed the face of British cooking. She introduced post-war Britain to the sun-drenched delights of the Mediterranean and her recipes brought new flavours and aromas into
kitchens across Britain.
Sameh Wadi's award-winning restaurants are just the beginning of his talents. He has a spice company, was a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation "Best Chef " and "Rising Star" awards and was raised by two avid home cooks. Born in the Middle East, he grew up cooking and eating Mediterranean food. Here, he offers a collection of recipes that represent an exceptional look into his rich heritage, the culinary foundation that has propelled him to the top of the American restaurant scene.
Sameh has a knack for making the exotic accessible. He will introduce you to new as well as familiar flavors in this collection of traditional and modern recipes. He takes influences from everything from Mediterranean street food to top gourmet offerings and gives you the best of the Mediterranean, one recipe at a time.
Sameh believes in "the language of spices" and uses them to weave a story with flavor, texture and aroma. Mindful of the ancient civilizations and empires built around the spice trade, he layers rich culture, heritage, traditions and strong historical connections into each dish. The result is a vibrant cookbook showcasing the incredible flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. With a dash of European cookery, some exotic spices, rich and exciting recipes, and an abundance of great flavor, this book is a must-have for every passionate cook out there.
Many recipes represent a heritage of Sephardic cooking. Sephardic refers to Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492, most ending up in the Ottoman Empire. The cooking is mostly Mediterranean-style food, with many Ladino-Spanish names. The recipes can be intricate and time-consuming, but this book aims to keep the age-old tradition alive and available to future generations with how-to photos, tips, and tools for ease of preparation.
Some recipes are favorites for Jewish holidays with a section just for Passover. Other recipes are thoroughly American, including Thanksgiving fare. Also included are favorites of my clients who order food like their mother used to make, from my hobby business: www.sephardicdelicacies.com.
'Her books are stunningly well written ... full of history and anecdote' Observer
Showing how each area has a particular and unique flavour for its foods, derived as they are from local ingredients, Elizabeth David explores the astonishing diversity of French cuisine.
Her recipes range from the primitive pheasant soup of the Basque country to the refined Burgundian dish of hare with cream sauce and chestnut puree. French Country Cooking is Elizabeth David's rich and enticing cookbook that will delight and inspire cooks everywhere.
Elizabeth David (1913-1992) is the woman who changed the face of British cooking. Having travelled widely during the Second World War, she introduced post-war Britain to the sun-drenched delights of the Mediterranean and her recipes brought new flavours and aromas into kitchens across Britain. After her classic first book Mediterranean Food followed more bestsellers, including French Country Cooking, Summer Cooking, French Provincial Cooking, Italian Food, Elizabeth David's Christmas and At Elizabeth David's Table.