[ilds] Elizabeth David

James Gifford odos.fanourios at gmail.com
Mon Jan 14 21:59:54 PST 2008

Pamela and Vittorio have already answered this, but I'll second the 
comments on Artemis Cooper's biography (and that's a name that should be 
familiar to Durrell folks).  It's fine & fun reading (conveniently 
remaindered over here).  We also had an excellent paper at the MSA this 
Fall on the topic of food & Modernism, which had initially included 
discussion of Elizabeth David -- there's much to discuss here, and she's 
certainly not a figure to be dismissed from her intellectual & artistic 
milieu as simply a "foodie."  I was certainly caught up in the tension 
between war rationing and the cookbook craze...  Fascinating things to read.

Norman Douglas is also certainly worth a read (I say that as I'm reading 
through _Panic Spring_ at the moment, where his influence is evident), 
and Keith Douglas deserves a go as well, especially if you're looking at 
Elizabeth David.

But, Pamela is being far to modest about this.  Bev, can you tell us 
more about Douglas, David, Manning, Henderson, & Jarmain?  I know you 
have things to add there, and modesty is keeping you quiet.


Denise Tart & David Green wrote:
> Last night on TV I watched a tele movie about the food writer Elizabeth 
> David. It would appear from subsequent research that she knew LD. Can 
> anyone elaborate on this?
> Norman Douglas featured also and appears to have been a fascinating chap 
> and quite an influence on the young LD. Sounds worth a read?
> DG
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