Jane Davidson underpinned the author, her husband, during the twenty years he devoted to the first edition of this book. She also translated and edited Dumas on Food with him. She was a founding partner of Petits Propos Culinaires, the innovative journal on food history, writing many of the book reviews, and a director of Prospect Books Ltd. She was also trustee of the Sophie Coe Memorial Trust, and patron of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. (JD)
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