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Alan Davidson

  • Fish and Fish Dishes of Laos
    • Categories: Fish & seafood
    • ISBN: 9780804811705 Paperback (United Kingdom) 5/1/1976
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  • Fish and Fish Dishes of Laos
    • Categories: General ingredient; Laotian
    • ISBN: 9780907325956 Paperback (United Kingdom) 10/1/1999
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  • Fruit: A Connoisseurs Guide and Cookbook
    • Categories: Fruit
    • ISBN: 9780855339036 Hardcover 1/1/1991
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  • Fruit: A Connoisseur's Guide and Cookbook
    • Categories: Fruit
    • ISBN: 9780671728847 Hardcover 11/1/1991
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  • A Kipper With My Tea: Collected Essays, 1977-88
    • Categories: General
    • ISBN: 9780333474082 Hardcover (United Kingdom) 11/22/1988
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  • A Kipper With My Tea: Selected Food Essays
    • Categories: Food writing, styling & photography
    • ISBN: 9780865474215 Hardcover 5/1/1990
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  • A Kipper with My Tea: Collected Essays, 1977-88
    • Categories: Food writing, styling & photography
    • ISBN: 9780333522004 Paperback (United Kingdom) 3/22/1990
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  • Mediterranean Seafood: A Comprehensive Guide with Recipes
    • Categories: Fish & seafood; Mediterranean
    • ISBN: 9781580084512 Paperback (United Kingdom) 3/1/2004
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  • Mediterranean Seafood
    • Categories: Fish & seafood; Mediterranean
    • ISBN: 9780304361762 Hardcover (United Kingdom) 3/14/2002
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  • Mediterranean Seafood
    • Categories: Fish & seafood; Mediterranean
    • ISBN: 9780807109724 Hardcover (United States) 12/12/1981
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  • Mediterranean Seafood
    • Categories: Fish & seafood; Mediterranean
    • ISBN: 9780807109731 Paperback (United States) 12/12/1981
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  • Mediterranean Seafood
    • Categories: Fish & seafood; Mediterranean
    • ISBN: 9780713914061 Paperback (United Kingdom) 8/27/1981
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  • Mediterranean Seafood
    • Categories: Fish & seafood; General ingredient; Mediterranean
    • ISBN: 9781903018217 Paperback (United Kingdom) 8/6/2002
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  • Mediterranean Seafood
    • Categories: Fish & seafood; Mediterranean
    • ISBN: 9780140461749 Paperback (United Kingdom) 1/29/1976
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  • Mediterranean Seafood
    • Categories: Fish & seafood; Mediterranean
    • ISBN: 9780140468045 Paperback (United Kingdom) 5/28/1987
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  • North Atlantic Seafood: A Comprehensive Guide With Recipes
    • Categories: Fish & seafood; European; American
    • ISBN: 9781580084505 Paperback (United States) 4/1/2003
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  • North Atlantic Seafood: A Comprehensive Guide with Recipes
    • Categories: Fish & seafood; American; European
    • ISBN: 9780333226322 Hardcover (United States) 9/6/1979
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  • North Atlantic Seafood
    • Categories: Fish & seafood; European; American
    • ISBN: 9780304361786 Hardcover (United Kingdom) 11/14/2002
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  • North Atlantic Seafood
    • Categories: Fish & seafood; European
    • ISBN: 9780060971946 Paperback (United States) 1/18/1989
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  • North Atlantic Seafood
    • Categories: Fish & seafood; European; American
    • ISBN: 9781903018224 Paperback (United Kingdom) 2/1/2003
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  • North Atlantic Seafood
    • Categories: Fish & seafood; European; American
    • ISBN: 9780140462982 Paperback (United States) 1/1/1980
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  • North Atlantic Seafood
    • Categories: Fish & seafood; European; American
    • ISBN: 9781903018934 Paperback (United Kingdom) 7/1/2012
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  • North Atlantic Seafood: A Complete Guide to Fish & Shellfish
    • Categories: Fish & seafood; European
    • ISBN: 9780670515240 Hardcover (United Kingdom) 6/20/1980
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  • North Atlantic Seafood
    • Categories: Fish & seafood; European; American
    • ISBN: 9780140468151 Paperback (United Kingdom) 7/1/1991
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  • On Fasting and Feasting
    • ISBN: 9780356156378 Hardcover 8/18/1988
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  • The Oxford Companion To Food
    • Categories: Reference
    • ISBN: 9780192115799 Hardcover (United Kingdom) 11/1/1999
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  • The Oxford Companion to Food (Oxford Companions)
    • ISBN: 9780199677337 Hardcover
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  • The Oxford Companion to Food and the Oxford Companion to Wine Set: 2-Volume Set
    • Categories: Wine, beer & spirits
    • ISBN: 9780195372120 Hardcover (United States) 12/1/2008
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  • The Oxford Companion To Food, Expanded And Revised: Second Edition
    • Categories: Reference
    • ISBN: 9780192806819 Hardcover (United States) 10/15/2006
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  • Penguin Companion To Food
    • Categories: Reference
    • ISBN: 9780142001639 Paperback (United Kingdom) 10/29/2002
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  • The Penguin Companion to Food (Penguin Reference Books)
    • ISBN: 9780140515220 Paperback 9/5/2002
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  • Penguin Companion to Food 5-Copy Prepack
    • Categories: General
    • ISBN: 9780147717757 Paperback (United States) 10/29/2002
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  • The Pleasures of English Food
    • Categories: English
    • ISBN: 9780141191027 Paperback (United Kingdom) 4/2/2009
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  • Seafood: A Connoisseur's Guide and Cook Book
    • Categories: Fish & seafood
    • ISBN: 9780855337520 Hardcover (United States) 1/1/1989
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  • Seafood: A Connoisseur's Guide and Cookbook
    • Categories: Reference; Fish & seafood; Food writing, styling & photography
    • ISBN: 9780671670115 Hardcover (United Kingdom) 11/1/1989
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  • Seafood: A Connoisseur's Guide and Cookbook
    • Categories: Fish & seafood
    • ISBN: 9780671784126 Paperback (United States) 11/1/1992
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  • Seafood of South East Asia
    • Categories: Asian
    • ISBN: 9780813910734 Paperback (United States) 2/1/1988
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  • Seafood of South-East Asia: A Comprehensive Guide With Recipes, Second Edition
    • Categories: General ingredient; Fish & seafood; Asian
    • ISBN: 9781580084529 Paperback (United States) 3/1/2004
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  • Seafood of South-East Asia
    • Categories: Fish & seafood
    • ISBN: 9781903018231 Paperback (United Kingdom) 5/1/2003
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  • Trifle
    • Categories: Dessert
    • ISBN: 9781903018729 Paperback (United Kingdom) 10/1/2009
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  • Trifle
    • Categories: Dessert
    • ISBN: 9781903018095 Paperback (United Kingdom) 9/17/2001
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  • Trifle
    • Categories: Dessert
    • ISBN: 9781903018194 Hardcover (United Kingdom) 9/17/2001
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  • The Wilder Shores of Gastronomy: Twenty Years of the Best Food Writing from the Journal Petits Propos Culinaires
    • Categories: Food writing, styling & photography; Magazine & newspaper tie-in
    • ISBN: 9781580084178 Hardcover (United States) 12/10/2002
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Biography

Alan Eaton Davidson (March 30, 1924 - December 2, 2003) was a British diplomat and historian best known for his books on food and gastronomy. He was the author of the 900-page, encyclopedic Oxford Companion to Food, which was published in 1999.

The son of a Scotland tax inspector, Davidson was born in Northern Ireland. He studied classical languages at Oxford. During World War II, he served in the Royal Navy.

In 1948, Davidson joined the Foreign Office and served diplomatic posts in Washington, Brussels, Cairo, the Hague, and, from 1973 to 1975, ambassador to Laos. While living in Vientiane, the capital, his wife asked him to look for a cookbook on fish because she did not recognize any of the local varieties. Not being able to find one he wrote one himself together with an Italian ichthyologist who happened to be visiting. The original manuscript was copied with a stencil machine. A copy reached the British cooking guru Elizabeth David, who passed it on to Penguin, which published it in 1972 as Mediterranean Seafood. The book has since become a standard reference work, and is characterized by its creative mixture biology and recipes.

This was followed by Seafood Of South East Asia (1979) and North Atlantic Seafood (1979) for which he travelled throughout the region, gathering thousands of recipes from Portugal to Iceland.

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