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Alan Eaton Davidson (30 March 1924 — 2 December 2003) was a British diplomat and historian best known for his writing and editing on food and gastronomy. He was the author of the 900-page, encyclopedic The Oxford Companion to Food (1999, second edition 2006).

The son of a Scottish tax inspector, Davidson was born in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. His family travelled around the UK because of his father's job, but they eventually settled in Leeds, where Davidson attended Leeds Grammar School. Davidson studied classical languages at Queen's College, Oxford. During World War II, he served in the Royal Navy as an officer in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.

In 1948, Davidson joined the Foreign Office and served in diplomatic posts in Washington, Tunis, Brussels, Cairo, the Hague; from 1973 to 1975, he was ambassador to Laos. While living in Tunis, 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 the Italian ichthyologist Giorgio Bini, the world's greatest living authority on seafish in the Mediterranean at this time, who happened to be visiting. The original manuscript was copied with a stencil machine. A copy of Seafish Of Tunisia And The Central Mediterranean reached the British cooking guru Elizabeth David, who passed it on to Penguin Books, which published it in 1972 as Mediterranean Seafood. The book has since become a standard reference work, and is characterized by its creative mixture of 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. He was a noted expert on Lao cuisine, which he introduced to the West through his two books, Traditional Recipes of Laos, and Fish and Fish Dishes of Laos.

Davidson was the founder in 1979, and long-time editor of Petits Propos Culinaires, a journal of food studies and history, published by Prospect Books, which he also founded in 1979; and also the founder and organizer of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery.

In 2003 Davidson was awarded the Erasmus Prize.

On 17 March 2010, BBC Four televised in the UK a documentary called "The Man Who Ate Everything", a portrait of Alan Davidson by Andrew Graham-Dixon.

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Total Books: 102
Social Determinants of Health A Comparative Approach
2015 - Social Determinants of Health a Comparative Approach (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780199005406
ISBN-10: 0199005400
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Medical Books
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The Oxford Companion to Food
2014 - The Oxford Companion to Food [Oxford Companions] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780199677337
ISBN-10: 0199677336
Genres: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Reference
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MEDITERRANEAN SEAFOOD
2012 - Mediterranean Seafood (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781903018941
ISBN-10: 1903018943
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
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Trifle
2009 - Trifle [ENGLISH KITCHEN] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781903018729
ISBN-10: 1903018722
Genres: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, History
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The Law of Electronic Commerce
2009 - The Law of Electronic Commerce (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780521678650
ISBN-10: 052167865X
Genre: Computers & Technology
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The Oxford Companion to Food and The Oxford Companion to Wine Set 2-volume set
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Explained
2007 - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Explained (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781857756036
ISBN-10: 1857756037
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Body Brilliance Mastering Your Five Vital Intelligences
2007 - Body Brilliance Mastering Your Five VItal Intelligences (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781600700255
ISBN-10: 160070025X
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting
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The Oxford Companion to Food 2nd Ed
2006 - The Oxford Companion to Food 2nd Ed (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780192806819
ISBN-10: 0192806815
Genres: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Reference
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Seafood of South-East Asia A Comprehensive Guide With Recipes
2004 - Seafood of South-east Asia a Comprehensive Guide with Recipes (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781580084529
ISBN-10: 1580084524
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
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Fish and Fish Dishes of Laos
2003 - Fish and Fish Dishes of Laos (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780907325956
ISBN-10: 0907325955
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
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Seafood of South-East Asia
2003 - Seafood of South-east Asia (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781903018231
ISBN-10: 1903018234
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
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North Atlantic Seafood A Comprehensive Guide With Recipes
Light
2003 - Light [Signature] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780340865484
ISBN-10: 0340865482
Genre: Teen & Young Adult
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The Penguin Companion to Food
2002 - The Penguin Companion to Food (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780142001639
ISBN-10: 0142001635
Genres: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Reference
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Mediterranean Seafood A Comprehensive Guide With Recipes
The Tio Pepe Guide to the Seafood of Spain and Portugal
2002 - The Tio Pepe Guide to the Seafood of Spain and Portugal (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788489954212
ISBN-10: 8489954216
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Poissons de la mediterranee comment les reconnatre et les cuisiner
2002 - Poissons De La Mediterranee Comment Les Reconnatre Et Les Cuisiner (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9782744903236
ISBN-10: 274490323X
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Encycleopedia The Guide to Alternatives in Cycling 2001
2000 - Encycleopedia the Guide to Alternatives in Cycling 2001 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781898457060
ISBN-10: 1898457069
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Encyclopedia 2001 International Guide to Alternatives in Cycling
2000 - Encyclopedia 2001 International Guide to Alternatives in Cycling [Encycleopedia: The International Buyer's Guide to Alternatives in Cycling] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781585670864
ISBN-10: 1585670863
Genres: Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Nonfiction, Science & Math
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Encycleopedia 1999 The International Buyer's Guide to Alternatives in Cycling
1998 - Encycleopedia 1999 the International Buyer's Guide to Alternatives in Cycling [Encycleopedia: The International Buyer's Guide to Alternatives in Cycling] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780879518844
ISBN-10: 0879518847
Genres: Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Nonfiction, Engineering & Transportation
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1998 - Encyclopedia the International Buyers' Guide to Alternatives in Cycling [Encycleopedia: The International Buyer's Guide to Alternatives in Cycling] (Paperback)
1993 - Catfoot and the Case of Big Woofy Dog [Young Puffin Story Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
1988 - A Friend Like Annabel [Viking Kestrel Fiction] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
1982 - Wedding in Laos [Pole Star Series] (Paperback)
Role of the Uncommitted European Countries in East/ West Relations [Research papers / University of Sussex. Centre for Contemporary European Studies] (Paperback)