Throughout her distinguished career Elizabeth David wrote many articles on Christmas food, testing her recipes and honing her skills on the Christmas preperations for her sister’s family, which included five children. She put together a file of articles, recipes and notes, intending to publish them as a book, for which, much later, she wrote an introduction, and this file recently came to light among her papers.
Beautiful written and illustrated, Elizabeth David’s Christmas contains the whole of this file of around 150 recipes, together with a selection of the articles and her introduction. Designed to take the strain out of providing festive food from making preperations and using leftovers to avoiding hectic last-minute cooking this is the ultimate Christmas food book. All the classics are here: mince pies, stuffings, sauces and, of course, turkey, as well as simple first courses, party dishes, ice creams and a range of desserts that make Elizabeth David’s Christmas irresistible festive fare.
‘Elizabeth David is the original domestic goddess…Her descriptions can be mouthwatering…She was a woman of intellect, passion and, when she chose to turn it on, charm’ Paul Levy, The Times Literary Supplement
‘One year I put about ten of the recipes which had become established favourites and gave copies to my sisters and one or two friends who invariably telephoned three days before Christmas to say that the recipe for Cumberland sause was mislaid so could I please read the instructions over the telephone. Need I say it, before too long not one of these recipes could be found. This time I’m getting all of them together, and the relevant introductory pieces as well, and putting them between the covers of a little book, not so easily mislaid, I hope as those files long ago’, Excerpt taken from the introduction, written in 1978