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"The best at describing 'the cuisine of the necessary' in European peasant life. Filled with ... gems."
—MARK BITTMAN, author of How to Cook Everything
"This book is fascinating. I believe all cooking originates from family or peasant roots and this is a testimony to that belief." —JACQUES PEPIN, author of The Art of Cooking
"Puts other outpourings in the shade, such is its range, passion, erudition and downright deliciousness." —The Guardian
"One of the great cook books of all time." —The Mail on Sunday
"An awesome collection of recipes... Luard writes with authoritative enthusiasm." —New Statesman