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Elizabeth David - Books, Film

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British writer of cookery books. She studied at the Sorbonne, Paris, returned to England with a love of French cuisine, travelled to the Mediterranean, and spent the war years in Egypt. Returning to Britain (1946), she published A Book of Mediterranean Food (1950), quickly followed by French Country Cooking (1951) and Italian Food (1954). She ran a kitchen shop in London (1965–73) which became a model for such shops throughout Britain and the USA, and continued writing, publishing Spices, Salt and Aromatics in the English Kitchen (1970). Her books, together with her articles in magazines and national newapapers, are credited with reviving (if not originating) current British interest in spices and exotic fruits.

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