It isn’t only fictional heroes to whom toast means home and comfort. It is related of the Duke of Wellington – I believe by Lord Ellesmere – that when he landed at Dover in 1814, after six years’ absence from England, the first order he gave at the Ship Inn was for an unlimited supply of buttered toast.–Elizabeth David, English Bread and Yeast Cookery (1977)
Elizabeth David was British food writer and author of eight cookbooks published during her lifetime, and five more published posthumously. She won the prestigious Glenfiddich award for her book English Bread and Yeast Cookery. In the 1960s she was hailed as the person who transformed the eating habits of middle- class England.
Click here to listen to interview with Jill Norman, her publisher.
Click here to watch a scene from a documentary about her life.