My favourite cookery books all have one thing in common. They have a colourful story behind them.
When writing my third book, I came across a whole collection of personal letters written by Britains’s most famous 20th century food writer Elizabeth David. They were in the private personal archives of the artist Derek Hill. I was fascinated to come across one that was written in green felt tip on a piece of old-fashioned brown greaseproof paper. Elizabeth loved to escape the hustle and bustle of London and spend time chilling out at Derek’s home in Donegal.
Elizabeth’s writing was very academic in style, and that’s what I love about her books. Her writing has been a huge influence on me over the last few years, and after reading so many of her personal letters to Derek, I almost feel like I knew her.
Enormous best-selling encyclopedia of cookery that looks impressive on the kitchen shelf