“… a very marked advance in an important domestic art hitherto much neglected.”

This is the 1878 edition of “Lessons in Cookery,” which was published in the UK as the “Hand-Book of the National Training-School for Cookery.”  According to the introduction, the recipes herein have been “perfected through the stupidities, blunders, mistakes, questionings, and difficulties, of hundreds of pupils, of all ages, grades, and capacities, under the careful direction of intelligent, practical teachers.”

I pulled this thing from the stacks not 15 minutes ago, and I’ve already learned quite a bit about cookery.  For instance, did you know that Pig’s Fry is sometimes called “poor man’s goose”?  Did you know there was such a thing as Pig’s Fry?  Did you know that poor men in 1878 couldn’t afford goose?  I learned all of these things from a single sentence chosen at random from this remarkable book.

-Norm De Plume

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Published in: on October 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. I opened up a late 18th century medical journal once and learned that women can have medical problems but more often they’re just prone to complaining because they need attention.

  2. I need to visit that book.

  3. When you do, make sure you check out the Batter Pudding (for infants and invalids) recipe.

  4. […] The Joy of Stacksploration There are many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many great reasons to join the Mercantile, of course, but one of the best, in my opinion, is the fact that our eclectic stacks are open to members.  Any schmoe with $45 to burn can bypass the librarians entirely and head straight for the old timey self-defense methods section, say, or to our extensive collection of vintage and thus wonderfully unhealthy cookbooks. […]


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