Squirrel Pie and Other Stories

Kerry and Elisabeth Luard

Kerry and Elisabeth Luard

Kerry was excited to attend a book launch for esteemed cookery writer Elisabeth Luard (to the right above, with Kerry) at Vin Caffe. She is, in Kerry’s opinion, one of the best writers around. Elisabeth was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Guild of Food Writers (June 2016) in recognition of the rich talent and unique voice she has demonstrated since the publication of her first book, European Peasant Cookery, three decades ago. Her new book Squirrel Pie (and other stories) – Adventures in Food Across the Globe recounts anecdotes of the many places she has visited: scouring for snails in Crete, sampling exotic spices in Ethiopia and tasting pampered oysters in Tasmania.

A talented artist, the book is illustrated with Elisabeth’s own sketches and will appeal to anyone with a taste for travel, and an affinity for that most universal of languages: food. Kerry took her 20 year old copy of Family Life: birth, death and the whole damn thing to be signed. It is Elisabeth’s memoir of raising her young family of four in Andalusia. Stories juxtaposed with her charming sketches and recipes, this is a book that should be on everyone’s book club list.

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About Caroline von Schmalensee

Cooking, eating and drinking is fun as well as necessary. I do food for fun and I write for a living. Good food makes the world a more delicious and satisfying place. Good writing, meanwhile, can make the world a less confusing place.

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