The book was first published in England in 2003 and this edition was re-edited for an American audience. It was compiled by Ms. Norman, Ms. David’s friend and the literary executor of her estate, from a box of materials marked “Christmas” that she found after Ms. David’s death in 1992. (The back cover uses a quotation, not about this book, from an article about Ms. David that I wrote for another publication many years ago.)
In recipe after recipe, Ms. David looks to France, Italy, Spain and even North Africa for inspiration. Avocados, hard-cooked eggs with mayonnaise, and pâtés start the meal. Potted meats are about as English as it gets.