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The Jane Austen Cookbook

by Maggie Black

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The cookbook would have been greatly enhanced by inclusion of the passages from Austen's works which inspired the recipes contained in it. The book is more interesting from the standpoint of culinary history than from an attempt to provide recipes which modern cooks would wish to prepare. I have not yet figured out how to give 1/2 star ratings, but I'd really rate this as 3.5 stars. ( )
1 vote thornton37814 | Feb 17, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0771014171, Paperback)

Jane Austen wrote her novels in the midst of a large and sociable family. Brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, friends and acquaintances were always coming and going, which offered numerous occasions for convivial eating and drinking. One of Jane’s dearest friends, Martha Lloyd, lived with the family for many years and recorded in her “Household Book” over 100 recipes enjoyed by the Austens. A selection of this family fare, now thoroughly tested and modernized for today’s cooks, is recreated here, together with some of the more sophisticated dishes which Jane and her characters would have enjoyed at balls, picnics, and supper parties. A fascinating introduction describes Jane’s own interest in food, drawing upon both the novels and her letters, and explains the social conventions of shopping, eating, and entertaining in late Georgian and Regency England. The book is illustrated throughout with delightful contemporary line drawings, prints, and watercolours.

Authentic recipes, modernized for today’s cooks, include:
• Buttered Prawns
• Wine-Roasted Gammon and Pigeon Pie
• Broil’d Eggs
• White Soup and Salmagundy
• Pyramid Creams
• Martha’s Almond Cheesecakes

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:18:34 -0400)

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