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French Provincial Cooking by Elizabeth David
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Sep 17, 11

Possibly the best French cookbook ever written in English. David, an Englishwoman, provided an introspection into French country cooking before Julia Child captured America's heart with it—in fact, as I understand it, David was an inspiration to Child. There's not a bunch of fancy color photos here, instead, you'll find mainly pen-and-ink line drawings, but there's a wealth of text, good recipes, and pithy details on how and why things were done the way they were in provincial France. Remember, David wrote this in 1960 so she encountered truly traditional methods to cooking before French cooking, like all cooking, changed due to microwaves, two-income families, and all else from the 1970s onward. The historical value of this book cannot be overstated, but every recipe I've cooked from it also has come out great. It's published by Penguin Classics as a paperback so it's also cheap compared to the huge coffeetable cookbooks of today.

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