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Harvest of the Cold Months: Social History of Ice and Ices (Penguin Cookery Library)

Elizabeth David

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ISBN 10: 0140176411 / ISBN 13: 9780140176414
Editore: Penguin Books Ltd 1996, 1996
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Titolo: Harvest of the Cold Months: Social History ...

Casa editrice: Penguin Books Ltd 1996

Data di pubblicazione: 1996

Legatura: Soft cover

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This is a social history of ice, rather than a practical cook-book. It covers the history of the use of ice in food and drink from its Middle-Eastern origins, and its gradual spreading through Western countries. It gives information on the early means of preserving it, and mentions travellers' tales of coming upon iced drinks for the first time. There is also some personal anecdote based on the author's experiences in India and the Far East.

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A seminal food writer, Elizabeth David brought Mediterranean cuisine to English readers and became a national institution, her cookbooks beloved not only for their recipes but for their literary depth. In the 1970s David began researching ice-cream. It was an innocent enough idea, but she got side-tracked--the result was 20 years of research into the whole history of ice and ice-making, and this book, which she died before completing (it has been finished by Jill Norman). As revealed in extracts from the earliest writings on the subject, ice, before the days of refrigeration, was an item prized by the mightiest and warmest empires. Though not a cookbook, this encyclopedic treatise on ice won a 1995 Julia Child Cookbook Award for Literary Food Writing, and a Jane Grigson Award.

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