Revisiting "The Rich Tradition"



Elisabeth Luard

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In 1985, Elisabeth Luard published European Peasant Cookery: the Rich Tradition to great acclaim. It rapidly became a go-to book for cooks, food lovers and critics. A new revised, expanded and updated edition of European Peasant Cookery was published in 2017 by Grub Street Publishing in the UK and other countries, and in the United States and Canada under the title The Old World Kitchen, published by Melville House.

The video series The Rich Tradition, based on European Peasant Cookery, was broadcast in the early 1990s. It was directed by Carmelo Musca of CM Film Productions.

Talking of Food is pleased to stream the series The Rich Tradition in full, including, as a bonus, the pilot episode. Entitled Home from the Sea, it explores the traditional food and culture of Tangier in Morocco. The episode was never broadcast, so is made public for the first time here on Talking of Food.

In Revisiting "The Rich Tradition", Elisabeth Luard gives an updated introduction to the series. Below are links to each of the episodes in turn.

  1. The Island of Mull;
  2. Andalucia in southern Spain;
  3. The Ruthines of Slovakia;
  4. Mediterranean Seafood;
  5. Provence in France;
  6. Holland;
  7. Sweden;
  8. Slovakia;
  9. The Black Forest in Germany;
  10. Hungary;
  11. Friuli in Italy;
  12. Cork in Ireland;
  13. Lent and Easter in Eastern Europe;
  14. The bonus episode Home from the Sea in Tangier, Morocco.

Anne Dolamore talks to Elizabeth Luard here

Elisabeth Luard reads an extract from European Peasant Cookery, her book on which "The Rich Tradition" was based.

Elisabeth Luard reads extracts from her latest book Squirrel Pie (and other stories) Adventures in Food Across the Globe.

Elisabeth’s latest project, Cookstrip, is a cartoon cookbook illustrated with her own watercolour sketches.  Subscribe for a range of rewards!



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