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An Omelette and a Glass of Wine (Cook's Classic Library) by Elizabeth David
An Omelette and a Glass of Wine (Cook's Classic Library)

Awfultruth, February 6, 2010

Elizabeth David remains the greatest cookery writer of the 20th century. She was the antithesis of her contemporary Fanny Cradock, who unlike her was a grotesque charlatan. David was a true intellectual and had a wonderful way with words. Suffering a dreadful stroke, quite young, she managed to climb her own personal mountain and won through. Her later mental decline was a terrible act of robbery, which led to her eventual demise. Her expertise and knowledge, unlike Cradock, was not based on abject snobbery and pretentious claptrap, but on research, travel and a cosmopolitan ethos that was not confined to French cuisine. Her post-war and post-rationing books were a revelation and a powerful breath of fresh air to those who had suffered during those rationing blues. A great book to read when traveling (try reading it on a plane, etc.) to or around Europe. Highly recommended.
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A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
A Single Man

Awfultruth, February 6, 2010

A novel of rare, undulating emotion, feeling and humanity. A story so universal that the gay element is almost irrelevant, since it touches on human life in such a deft and incisive way. Isherwood's primary genius is in the way he composes a literary aria of the human condition without sacrificing truth. It is with great joy we read this truth in A Single Man and are humbled by it's crystalline substance. And yet there is a profound delicacy and tenderness in the tone and feel of this underrated literary masterpiece, whilst it at the same time it manages to achieve fusion with the visceral depths of human angst. A book of rare, moving narrative written with extreme skill and conveyed with the master touch of a truly great writer. I cannot wait to see the movie!
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