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BEETON, Isabella Mary, 1836-1865 : THE BOOK OF HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT; COMPRISING INFORMATION FOR THE MISTRESS, HOUSEKEEPER, COOK, KITCHEN-MAID, BUTLER, FOOTMAN, COACHMAN ...
London : S. O. Beeton, 1861. First edition : the first issue, with the plainer pictorial title. The much-loved Mrs Beeton – “this book has more wisdom to the square inch than any work of man” (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) – still the most famous of all English cookery books as well as one of the earliest to have coloured illustrations.
KERR, Norman (Norman Shanks), 1834-1899 : WINES : SCRIPTURAL AND ECCLESIASTICAL.
London : National Temperance Publication Depôt, . First edition. “To teach that Christ made, and the Bible approved, the social use of fermented intoxicating wine is, therefore, to teach that He made, and the Bible sanctioned the social use of, a narcotic poison, poisonous alike to body and to brain ...”. Gallant attempt to prove that all the wine in the Christian canon was non-alcoholic.
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LOCKE, Maureen : A TASTE OF IMPERIAL ROME : ROMAN RECIPES AND ETIQUETTE FOR MODERN PARTIES.
Richmond : Keepsake Press, 1983. First edition : limited to 350 copies. Chicken Numidian style, Mulsum honeyed wine, and other ancient delicacies. Illustrated by Carola Scupham.
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COOKERY : [MANUSCRIPT RECIPE BOOK].
A charming 200-year old pocket-book (the paper watermarked 1809) containing fifty-four manuscript recipes in several legible hands, including apple, lemon, plum, orange, citron and paradise puddings; lemon and almond cheesecakes; india pickle; fish sauce; treatments for veal and eels; Portugal cakes and Shrewsbury cakes; currant, orange, elderberry, raisin and ginger wines; gingerbread, and bullace (damson) cheese, as well as some cough medicines and a method of cleaning urns. A reference to "Miss Hailstone’s Biscuits" perhaps indicates a Wiltshire origin, where the Hailstone name is rather more common than elsewhere.
CRAIG, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Josephine), 1883-1980 : THE WAY TO A GOOD TABLE : ELECTRIC COOKERY.
London : British Electrical Development Association, 1937. First edition. "I've no patience with roundabout or vague methods. I've less with out-of-date cookers" – no nonsense as the wonderful Elizabeth Craig takes us through the whole range of recipes – soups, fish, game, poultry, meat, vegetables, sauces, pastry, biscuits, cakes, drinks, pickles and chutneys, etc.
UTTLEY, Alison, 1884-1976 : RECIPES FROM AN OLD FARMHOUSE.
London : Faber & Faber, (1966). First edition. Recipes and reminiscences of her Derbyshire childhood – thor cake, parkin, canary pudding, green snow, pikelets, wakes cakes, rhubarb wine and other delights.
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WALKER, Mrs. Churton H. (Marian Ethel) : APPU !! THE CEYLON COOKERY BOOK.
Colombo : The Times of Ceylon Co., (1915). “Second edition” [i.e. impression]. Signed by the author as Marian E. H. Walker on the front free endpaper. First published a couple of months earlier and here reissued with the addition of some glowing press reviews. Among much advice on house-keeping, hygiene, etc., there are 573 recipes adapted for local use in remote districts, for those without previous experience, for those on modest incomes, and those with time on their hands. The English author was married to Churton Hanson Walker (son of the artist John Hanson Walker), a tea-planter.
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