"Hello from Wonder Media Network. I'm Jenny Kaplan and this is encyclopedia woman. Ikea today's T- speaker revolutionized British rush cooking. She studied variety of cultural and artistic subjects traveled the world and fled war. We're talking about the unforgettable Elizabeth. David Elizabeth Gwen was born on December twenty six nineteen thirteen near Sussex in England. She was the second a four daughters in a wealthy family which had amassed a fortune from the engineering and coal mining industries. Still shouldn't have an entirely easy life when she was ten years old Elizabeth's father passed away. He was fifty one. Elizabeth didn't learn anything about cooking in her childhood at that time that knowledge was reserved for personal chefs and kitchen workers who served the upper class. Elizabeth had shown some signs participate abilities and in nineteen thirty. Her mother sent her to Paris to study painting there. She studied history literature and Architecture picture. She also lived with food loving Parisian family who made sure to further inspire her adoration French cuisine Elizabeth gained to love for the culture and language of the country in one thousand nine hundred. Sixty Elizabeth recalled that the French family had instilled in her the taste for a kind kind of food. Quite ideally. Unlike anything I had known before after Paris Elizabeth spent a year studying German in Munich before heading. I'm back to England in nineteen thirty two in nineteen thirty three. She joined an Oxford Acting Company and moved to the Open Air Theatre in regent's park with money from a generous twenty first birthday gift. Elizabeth fully equipped her new residences kitchen bent on learning to cook at that point. She knew so little about cooking that a colleague reportedly had to teach her how to make tea but with a cookbook given to her by her mother. Elizabeth started started to learn around the same time she met. free-spirited actor named Charles Gibson Cowan and the two began an affair in nineteen thirty nine. Nine Elizabeth and Charles bought a small boat and plan to sail it to Greece didn't get very far before the outbreak of World War Two so they were forced to stay in the city. Auntie it was there that Elizabeth met the writer Norman Douglas who'd become her writing mentor. Elizabeth and Charles left on TV in nineteen forty they were caught in Italy and attained for being suspected spies. By the time they were released they had lost almost all of their possessions including Elizabeth's prized recipe lest they finally made it to Greece and the pair found work until the country was invaded by the Germans. In nineteen forty-one escaped and fled to Egypt. Elizabeth and Charles Split up soon after three years later. Elizabeth married a British officer named Anthony. David she followed him from Egypt to a new posting in India in nineteen forty six. After just six months she returned at last to England with her vast array of cultural knowledge. Elizabeth was was disappointed with British cuisine spurred by encouragement from friends. She wrote about the topic and starting in nineteen forty. Nine published a series of articles articles in Harper's bazaar a year later the articles were published together in a work entitled a Book of Mediterranean Food Elizabeth Onto right more books about French cooking Italian cooking and other foreign dishes. Nineteen sixty three the age of forty nine Elizabeth suffered Verte cerebral hemorrhage. This may have been the result. Heavy drinking sleeping pill use and overwork. She kept the event secret preserve reputation the hemorrhage caused a blow to her confidence and to her senses. She's temporarily lost her sense of taste in nineteen sixty five she opened. Elizabeth David Limited a shop that sold kitchen equipment. Some of which was otherwise sold exclusively in France as the years past. She focused more and more on her work in the shop in Nineteen ninety-two. Elizabeth suffered two strokes within days. She she died at the age of seventy eight Elizabeth. David was more than a simple food writer. She revolutionized postwar British cuisine And mixture pros with the sense of history and culture. Unlike anyone before her. Many scholars agree that she forever changed the way the English."