One of the most prolific food writers of the Fifties, David wrote for Vogue and The Sunday Times, and penned eight cooking titles, which have sold more than 1.4 million copies worldwide. John Torode said he loves Summer Cooking because “she talked about food, not just as recipes, but as ideas”. There are no pictures, just tons of information on everything from herbs to summer soups. It’s the sections on ‘improvised cooking for holidays and weekends’ and ‘picnics’ though that show David understood cooking. Even 60 years after her books were written, it’s like she’s talking directly to you.