Food Matters: Discovering Elizabeth David

bittersweet_blog_200x300 Matt McAllester’s happy childhood was cut short by his mother’s mental illness. Upon her death McAllester is able to explore his mother’s history and, through her collection of cookbooks, discover the woman he thought he had lost forever. In his memoir Bittersweet, this Pulitzer Prize winner and former foreign correspondent lets readers into the painful, yet delicious process of cooking his way through his mother’s copies of Elizabeth David and other books. The following excerpt finds McAllester sorting through his mother’s books with his sister. Finally, months after the process of dividing up the spoils of death had begun, we sat on the floor going through the last of it. Family diamonds and pearl pins were laid out messily in a tan jewel

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