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Synopsis: Contains delightful explorations of food and cooking, among which are the collection's namesake essay and many other gems; with black-and-white photographs and illustrations.
Review: An Omelette and a Glass of Wine, by Elizabeth David, is one of the first books that the Lyons Press (formerly Lyons and Burford) published as part of the Cook's Classic Library series. It offers 62 articles written by David between 1955 and 1984 for a variety of publications. Many of these pieces, such as "I'll Be with You in the Squeezing of a Lemon," from 1969--about cooking with lemons--barely show their age. But even if they did, you wouldn't care, because of the rich store of information that David shares and the literary grace with which she imparts it.
"Foods of Legend" is a choice example. This essay is astonishingly timely in its discourse on a chef feeling compelled to elevate a humble country dish into haute cuisine. David bases her story on Master Chef August Escoffier's recomposition, over a century ago, of a Provençal favorite: potatoes baked with artichokes onto Carré d'Agneau Mistral, which involved adding truffles and rack of lamb.
Some articles include recipes, but for the most part this is a volume nicely sized to curl up with or to take on a trip.
Title: An Omelette and a Glass of Wine
Publication Date: 1985
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Penguin Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0670807699I5N00
Book Description Viking, 1985. Book Condition: Good. 1st American ed. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP12645279
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Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Well kept copy with jacket, solid binding, unmarked text, mild jacket edge wear and tear, good interior. We take great pride in accurately describing the condition of our books, ship within 48 hours and offer a 100% money back guarantee. Bookseller Inventory # 1M5FFL0008HG
Book Description Viking. Book Condition: good. 1985. 1st American ed edition. hardcover. previous owner name inside. Cover: bumped corner(s). Dustcover: worn-- worn and torn. ISBN:0670807699. sku229562: Bookseller Inventory # 229562
Book Description Viking, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0670807699 David, Elizabeth. An Omelette and a Glass of Wine. New York, NY: Elisabeth Sifton Books, 1986. 318pp. Indexed. Illustrated. 8vo. Hardcover. Book condition: Very good. Rubbing and fading to edges. Dust Jacket Condition: Very good. Rubbing to edges. Bookseller Inventory # UDAVOME00FP
Book Description Viking Press, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Second printing, 1986. Book has a slightly cocked spine and storage odor, otherwise near new; clean, tight and unmarked. Dust jacket has very minor scuffing to covers, otherwise near new. Bookseller Inventory # 928536
Book Description Viking Adult, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0670807699
Book Description Viking, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: VG+. Dust Jacket Condition: VG+. US 1st. No marks inside or out, almost like new. Clean hardcover with square binding and corners. Unclipped dustjacket with a tiny tear and wrinkle to the spine tail, otherwise very little wear. NY: Viking, 1985. Stated First American Edition with no printings indicated, 1st printing. 318 pages; illustrated. - 62 articles written by the British cookery writer between 1955 and 1984. - - Wrapped, boxed and promptly shipped with tracking provided. Bookseller Inventory # b2s5-170823-01
Book Description Viking Pr, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1985. Cloth. Book Condition: Almost Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Almost Fine. Illus in b&w (illustrator). First American Edition. Book has small booksellers label on bottom edge of FEP (corner). DJ has very light 1" (W) x 1" (H) stain on bottom rear edge; stain on inside bottom edge of DJ; price-clipped. 318pp wit Index. Black cloth. 1st Am. Ed. pub. in 1985 (stated). Tight, square, bright copy. No remainder mark. No internal markings. DJ in Mylar cover. Cookbooks. Bookseller Inventory # 13827