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Cattern Cakes and Lace A Calendar of Feasts [Hardcover]

Julia Jones and Barbara Deer
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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd; 1st.ed. edition (1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863182526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863182525
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A calendar of feasts with recipes 17 Jan 2011
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is an entertaining book rather than a scholarly one. A selection of the seasonal festivals of the British Isles is set out starting, because of the title, on St Catherine's Day (Nov 25th) when Cattern Cakes were baked. We proceed through the year, with snippets of poetry and folklore interspersed with recipes, some very old traditional ones, others teamed with their feast days in slightly less obvious ways.

The text is printed over a collage of photographic images; flowers, old postcards, and specimens of needlework. This creates a charming effect even if some of the artwork is of the greeting card type. Repeated references are made to lace, and one starts to wonder "Why Cattern cakes and LACE?" as lace doesn't seem to have a great deal to do with the seasonal festivities. All is revealed when we read the inside flap; the authors are both lacemakers and are taking the opportunity to bang the drum for their speciality.

This is the sort of book that makes a delightful gift for someone nostalgic. All the recipes, we're told, have been tested. There some opportunities missed; why give a Christmas recipe for roast turkey, and not choose something more recherche? And the traditional dish for Lammas is a Lammas loaf - that would have fitted in nicely, and it's mentioned in the text, but instead we get an unrelated lamb pie and a Victorian summer pudding.

The book is well indexed, and there is a short bibliography which I'll reprint in full, as it may prove useful to anyone looking for something less fluffy.
British Calendar Customs: England (Publications of the Folk-lore society)
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5.0 out of 5 stars cattern cakes and lace - a calendar of feasts 13 Dec 2009
A book to take you through the year. Interesting information on various feast days complete with appropriate recipes. Nicely illustrated with examples of lace samples and associated tools for lace making and seasonal pictures. Cattern cakes are called after St. Catherine and the book begins on St. Catherine's Day (25th November) and continues throughout the year to St. Catherine's Eve (24th November)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cattern Cakes and Lace 18 Feb 2012
By kjs
Purchased this book for my wife who is a keen lace maker.
She love's it as it gives lots of ideas for lace making special event/dates.
St Catherine's day is sure to be a winner with us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 28 Dec 2013
By BarP
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought one for myself and one as a gift. Very interesting and good reference book, full of month by month information and recipes.
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