English Bread and Yeast Cookery

by Elizabeth David

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John Martin Taylor

Culinary historian

There are authors whose work I simply enjoy reading for the writing - Elizabeth David, Simon Hopkinson, Fergus Henderson, Jane Grigson, Bill Neal, Madeleine Kamman. I put this work by Elizabeth David on my list simply because her writing is beautiful and her research flawless, PLUS the American Edition includes notes by Karen Hess, my mentor.

Chris J L Young


Not only is this a mine of variations on classic English bread recipes, it is also a fascinating historical guide. Though it took far too long for the nation to listen, Elizabeth David was perhaps the most prominent champions for Real Bread during the depths of the ‘white sliced years’.

Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra

Food writer and author

This is the book that showed me that there was more to baking than just producing a bread, cake or biscuit. And it made me want to tell stories about these things too, to bring baked goods to life for people.

Leah Hyslop

Food writer and editor

Don't expect pretty pictures; this is a meticulous, fascinating guide to the art of English bread-making, from the origins of the Chelsea bun to the history of ovens.

Regula Ysewijn

Food photographer, writer and graphic designer

Oh what a delightful book full of English bread history and heritage. This must be my fav David book. A book with recipes and a good read, just how I like my books.

Julian Carter

Head Baker

She has collected information and recipes from rare books in history tested them ,she put a lot of time into her research ,you would be mad not to read it.

Peter Ross

Culinary librarian

The finest book written on the subject and all the better for not having an actual recipe until page 268!

Neil Buttery

Author, historian and chef

A wonderful treasure trove of bread recipes spanning all of British history, beautifully written

John Birdsall

Food Writer

Fuses cookery, scholarship, and authorial personality in a way that's become common.

Jeremy Cherfas

Producer and host of Eat This Podcast

As much for the pleasure of reading as for the recipes.

Clare Marriage

Chief Executive, Doves Farm Foods

Jill Norman

Author and editor

Vanessa Kimbell

Sourdough baker, writer & food activist

Richard Bertinet

Baker & Chef

Marcy Goldman

Pastry chef and cookbook author