Family Life: Birth, Death and the Whole Damn Thing

Family Life: Birth, Death and the Whole Damn Thing

by Elisabeth Luard


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Not everyone keeps an eagle owl in the spare bedroom cupboard, plays chess for the French Foreign Legion, or goes to school on an obstinate donkey. But this was all just a day in the life of the four Luard children. For the Luards, growing up as their family travelled across Europe, life was a series of adventures. Yet no family is immune to tragedy, and in Francesca, the eldest of three daughters, we find a true heroine. Honest, perceptive and passionate, she tells her own story – until she can tell it no more.

Full of anecdotes and peppered with their favourite recipes, Family Life is an extraordinary story of joy, grief and, above all – love. Elisabeth Luard gives a truthful and moving mother's account of their unconventional, unforgettable tale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408831076
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Elisabeth Luard is an award-winning food writer whose work includes European Peasant Cookery (published in the US as The Old World Kitchen, a New York Times benchmark cookbook of the twentieth century), The Food of Spain and Portugal, European Festival Food, Sacred Food and The Latin American Kitchen. She has also written a couple of doorstopper novels including Emerald (WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award), and a trio of memoirs-with-recipes including Family Life (a Guild of Food Writers' Book of the Year), and was awarded the Glenfiddich Trophy for Foodwriting in 2007. She contributes regularly to national newspapers and magazines including The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Country Living and The Oldie and is currently Director of The Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery. She lives in west Wales.

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