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Elegant Sufficiency
A taste of Edwardian times

Press Release
9 March 2004

To celebrate the opening of its major exhibition The Edwardians: Secrets and Desires the National Gallery of Australia will launch a cookbook, Elegant Sufficiency: A taste of Edwardian times. Mr Alan Saunders, host of Radio National’s The Comfort Zone will officially launch the book at 3pm on Thursday 11 March 2004 in the Gallery’s Sculpture Garden.

Elegant Sufficiency offers a window to a world of both traditional and exotic delights from the Edwardian kitchen. These range from Cornish Pasties, English Apple Pies, Anna Pavlovas and Mulligatawny Soup; to Crème Princesse, Scotch Eggs, Bakewell Tart and Scottish Parliament Biscuits. Some recipes are little changed from Edwardian times, but most have a contemporary edge to take full advantage of all that 21st century technology has to offer. Include among the collection of 60 recipes are annotated reproductions of the superb paintings included in the Edwardians exhibition. Each recipe is illustrated by exquisite colour photography and accompanied by short extracts from historical sources.

Authors Claudia Hyles and Ron Ramsey both work at the Gallery. Claudia is an Administrative & Projects Assistant. She has worked in international art galleries and museums and has cooked in many parts of the world. She is the author of Lunching with Style and and the Answer is a Pineapple. Ron is Assistant Director, Access and has a keen interest in food and art of the Edwardian era. He studied cooking at William Angliss, Melbourne, and in Florence and London.

Food stylist Jane Hann has been a freelance food writer and food stylist for more than 12 years. Sydney-based photographer Alan Benson specialises in food, travel and architecture and is also a fully-qualified chef.

Elegant Sufficiency will be available from the NGA Shop at the National Gallery of Australia, case-bound $39.95 or from ngashop.com.au. The Edwardians: Secrets and Desires will be shown at the National Gallery of Australia 12 March – 15 June 2004 and at the Art Gallery of South Australia 9 July – 12 September 2004.

For further information, please contact Jenny Blake on +61 2 62406700, Alix Fiveash on +61 2 62406431 or marketing@nga.gov.au

Visit The Edwardians website