Ellice Handy is the Julia Child and Elizabeth David of Singapore. Through this book, she laid a culinary cornerstone for Singapore. An avid cook, she collected recipes from friends whenever she encountered a dish she enjoyed. Even without a recipe, she was able to taste a dish and work out the ingredients that went into it. She once said, " To become good at cooking, all you need is a love of tasty wholesome food, an obser vant eye, practice and imagination." Mrs Handy cooked into her old age even when her eyesight failed. She passed away in 1989, aged 84.