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Family Life

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  77 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Food - meals eaten together in many different places and circumstances - is the common thread of this book whose underlying idea is that the family at the table is the source of its strength. The book recounts the Luard family's life in a cork-oak forest in southern Spain, a snow-bound farmhouse in Languedoc or a sheep-farm in Northamptonshire. Containing anecdote, humour ...more
Paperback, 329 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Corgi Books (first published January 1st 1996)
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Catie
May 17, 2017 marked it as to-read
Recommendation from @carogrison - 5/17/2017
Ria
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I was introduced to Elisabeth Luard in Melbourne, Australia in the 1990's when the television production of "European Peasant Cookery" was aired. I bought the book and turn to it frequently, but I had no idea that she writes anything other than cookery books, nor that she originally trained as an artist and was married to the British king of satire Nicholas Luard of Private Eye. She has just published a book about her marriage, "My life as a Wife: Love, Liquor and What To Do About the Other Wome ...more
Janet
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I must admit that I’ve never heard of Elisabeth Luard and I certainly wouldn’t have been likely to read this if it hadn’t been put forward as a Bookworms choice - but I’m glad it was.

Elisabeth was married to Nicholas Luard who latterly was a writer and politician, but who was known in society London of the 1960s as the co-founder of a nightclub called The Establishment with Peter Cook.

Elisabeth and Nicholas had four children and they moved around a great deal when the children were young. The bo
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LH Johnson
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult
This book. Oh, this book.

It's the one I come back to everytime I need comfort and, in a strange way, to cry. This book brings it all.

Elisabeth Luard writes about her family. And food. And her children. And life, really, it's all about life.

They live in Spain, France, and have the bohemian lifestyle most of us can only dream about. Luard is gifted, so very gifted, in writing evocatively. The food here is to die for and it's written with such love and passion that you can practically taste it off
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Tim
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A tragic but uplifting memoir of a somewhat exceptional family.
Her chance meeting at 19 with the older Nicholas Luard, co founder of Private Eye magazine with Willie Rushton and Peter Cook, led her to tell him on first date that they'd better off being together for life than without.
She worked for a time at Private Eye and it could be fairly said that the people they knew were the movers and shakers of the time.
Academics and actors, film stars and rock bands, they knew everyone and everybody tha
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Heather
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book fascinating from start to finish! I absolutely loved the stories of her children's births and their early life in Spain! The author had tremendous confidence in her own abilities whether it was being a mum or making meals from unusual ingredients! The family moved around so much but it was more to help with their schooling and it seemed to work! I found the end of the book very moving with Francesca's description of her illness and how she believed she had caught the virus. It ...more
Ronald Wilcox
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
Really enjoyed this memoir. Luard is a cooking writer who raised four children in the 1950's-1980's. They are an English family who moved to a small town in Spain for four years then to France for a year before returning to England. She is kind of a Bohemian mother and it is enjoyable to hear of the antics of her as she raises her kids in unusual ways and places. I enjoyed her style of writing too. Warming though: you do find early on that one of her children dies as a young adult before the end ...more
Sherry Mackay
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent read. Wow what a mother she was. And what a fascinating person. To lug 4 children around Europe mostly on her own, and without a lot of cash seems amazing and perhaps even foolhardy. But her children seemed to have thrived, as did she. The book ends abruptly with the death of her eldest daughter - as an adult with AIDS-which is a sudden and heartbreaking end to this somewhat Swallows and Amazons type adventure. I am looking forward to reading her next book - my life as a wife.
Leslie
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very inspiring with a retro feel on raising kids in the 70's and 80's. the author traveled through england, spain and france while raising 4 children. her parenting style was refreshingly funny at times but also heartbreaking. clever witty fresh writing style.
Kelly Burton
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved this book when I read it many years ago....get it out again every now and then......
Katherine Precht
sobbed and sobbed at Francesca's death. Very affecting death scene.
Lesley
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! I thought it would be too dense for me, but the writing style is so easy and fluent, and the content natural and beautifully descriptive, that I really enjoyed it.
Katherine Precht
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Sobbed and sobbed at Francesca's death. Perhaps the most affecting death scene ever.
Rhode
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: living-abroad
So warm, slightly eccentric, and ultimately loving
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Elisabeth Luard is an award-winning food-writer, journalist and broadcaster who often illustrates her own work. Her most recent cookbook, A Cook's Year in a Welsh Kitchen with photography by Clare Richardson, was published by Bloomsbury in 2010. Previous books include European Peasant Cookery (US The Old World Kitchen), Festival Food and Tapas, all of which are in print with Grub Street. Others in ...more
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