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Elizabeth David: A Life in Recipes (2006)

Dramatization of the turbulent life of Elizabeth David, the original domestic goddess. She published her first book of Mediterranean Food in 1950, and went on to write eight more books that... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine McCormack ... Elizabeth David
Greg Wise ... Peter Higgins
Karl Johnson ... Norman Douglas
Kieran O'Brien ... Charles Gibson Cowan
Jacqueline Defferary Jacqueline Defferary ... Bulgie
Andrew Havill ... Tony David
Tilly Blackwood ... Doreen Thornton
Jane Lapotaire ... Ernestine Carter
Martin Savage Martin Savage ... George
Alan Cox ... Cuthbert
Emma Campbell-Jones ... Frances
Georgie Glen ... Pamela
Lucy Scott ... Patricia
Neville Phillips Neville Phillips ... Diner
Penelope Beaumont Penelope Beaumont ... Mrs Diner


Dramatization of the turbulent life of Elizabeth David, the original domestic goddess. She published her first book of Mediterranean Food in 1950, and went on to write eight more books that have sold more than two million copies worldwide. Her public image was of an elegant, respectable and somewhat austere figure. In reality, Elizabeth was a deeply unconventional person with a profound passion for food, life and men. Written by M.C.

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3 January 2006 (UK) See more »

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Malta See more »


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£100,000 (estimated)
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Elizabeth David rocked!!
24 June 2006 | by ulht1See all my reviews

It gets 8 of 10

because Elizabeth David rocked - but I have not yet seen it because BBC American doesn't seem to require programming skills in their higher ups (and after what all the stations/public did to Benny Hill, they don't deserve him - but thats for another time). Basically, like MFK Fisher in the US, Elizabeth - almost single handed - saved British cooking after WWII by bringing back decent cooking/food preparation and a respect for (particularly) French and Italian Cuisines. Fisher was born about two years earlier than David and both died within a five or less month period in 1992. Both are worth reading and reading about and a biographical film about Fisher would not be at all amiss. Oddly, though they apparently never met, supposedly David disliked Fisher - no idea if Fisher felt the same or not.

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