Artemis Cooper gives an illustrated talk on her biography of Elizabeth David at Waterstone's, 20 St Margaret's Street, Canterbury (01227 456343). Wed, 7pm, pounds 2
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Elizabeth David's food writing transformed British attitudes to food, but despite being such a public figure, her private life was just that. Inquisitive journalists were referred back to her books and her friends loyally protected her silence. So when Artemis Cooper was contacted by Penguin and Jill Norman, David's literary executor, she was consumed by curiosity but also highly apprehensive of what exactly David would have left behind. She need not have worried. In David's flat she found work notes, photos, love letters - a treasure trove of detail. Writing at the Kitchen Table: the Authorized Biography of Elizabeth David (Michael Joseph pounds 20) is a story that David's loyal fans have long waited to hear.