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Food porn #1: A Taste of the Sun by Elizabeth David

Elizabeth David was one of the first people to bring Mediterranean food to the UK, back in 1950, long before the River Cafe or Jamie Oliver ever graced our TV screens. As part of their Great Food series, Penguin reprinted a collection of her writing, giving a satisfying  taste of  David’s unique style.

Her writing is clear, creative and packed with insights into the stories behind different foods, from the origins of pasta to the creation of melba toast. Ideal as a primer for new cooks, but with enough more complex recipes to satisfy a gourmet, it’s a worthy addition to any cookbook shelf.

Better yet, it has plenty of homegrown produce recipes, from Courgette, Tomato and Egg Gratin to Sweet Green Pepper Salad, along with a wonderfully chapter about the perfect picnic. A cookbook that’s a good enough read to enjoy reading for please too.

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