During a forty-year career as writer and illustrator, Elisabeth Luard has published some twenty cookbooks including European Peasant Cookery (US: The Old World Kitchen), Sacred Food, The Regional Cooking of Spain and Portugal, Flavours of Andalucia and A Cook's Year in a Welsh Farmhouse; plus a couple of novels (Emerald and Marguerite) and four memoirs with recipes including Family Life, My Life as a Wife, and the most recent, Squirrel Pie and Other Stories. Work as a natural history artist includes two one-woman shows at the Tryon Gallery in London's Cork Street and illustrations for Dr. Miriam Rothschild's The Butterfly Gardener. Work for TV includes a 13-part series, The Rich Tradition, filmed on location round Europe and downloadable free at www.talkingoffood.com. Contributions to newspapers and magazines include Country Living, Daily Mail, House & Garden, The Scotsman, Daily Telegraph. Current work includes a cookery column with illustration in The Oldie magazine. She hold The Guild of Food Writer's Lifetime Achievement Award and is the current Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Food Symposium. Prints of her work as artist/illustrator (recommended in The Observer Food Monthly's 2021 Christmas gift supplement) from her website.
Elisabeth Luard is one of Britain’s most revered and prolific food writers. As we welcome her classic A Cook’s Year in a Welsh Farmhouse to ckbk, we take the opportunity to talk to her about her Christmas traditions and what she plans to write next.