A delightful `cookbook' with a beginning of history and interesting bits of Austen, family, friends, and her life of the times, not to mention books and their characters and names and places. The 42 BW illustrations are often old woodcuts, photos, drawings, and sometimes paintings. It all reflects the period of Austen, complete with the recipes, which is the primary focus of this book. But Jane Austen lovers will enjoy the 38 pages prior to the `receipts' equally. It is enough of a treasure; I'd recommend buying the HC version, as I did. It is worthy of placing on the buffet for display, or in the living room for a `tea' gathering.
Recipes are converted to modern needs, like oven temps and volume & weight measurements. But terms are intact making the reading fun. Curry Soup used a `Knuckle of Veal', parching before a fire, beating in a Mortar, passing through a Sawn Sieve, Chyan pepper, and even so, turns out a delightful man-pleasing soup. A book for cooks, Austen readers, & men wanting to surprise the lady with a gift, or the lady wanting to surprise her gentleman with a fine meal.
RECIPES (spelled as in the book):
__A Curraway Cake; Herb Pudding; Pyramid Creams; Apple Pie; Solid Custard; A Receipt for a Pudding (Bread Pudding); Mrs Perrot's Heart or Pound Cake; Jaune Mange; Solid Syllabubs; A Fine Cake; Martha's Gingerbread `Cakes'; Ice-cream; A Trifle; Little Iced Cakes; Martha's Almond Cheesecakes; Rout Drop Cakes; Ratafia Cakes
__Swiss Soup Meager; Curry Soup; Summer Pease Soup; Onion Soup; White Soup
__Gravy and Glaze; Macaroni; Broiled Eggs; Salmagundy; A Pretty dish of Eggs; Dr Kitchiner's Caper Sauce; Curree Powder; gooseberry Vinegar; Fruit Butters and Cheeses; Marmalett of Aprecoks; Orange Peel `Straws' in Syrup; Raspberry `Vinegar' (Cordial); Mrs Fowle's Orange Wine; Negus; Spruce Beer; Ginger Beer
__Salmon, Pike, Carps, or Fresh Cod in Corbullion; Plaice and Flounders; Broiled Salmon; Sole with Wine and Mushrooms; Mock Oyster Sauce; Oysters, Stewed and in Loaves; Jemeca `Trouts'; Buttered Prawns; Chickens with Tongues
__A Harrico of Mutton; Jugged Steaks with Potatoes; Beef-steak Pudding; A Receipt to Curry after the Indian Manner; Butchers' Meats and Game; Roast Ribs of Beef; Fricandos of Veal; Forcemeat Balls; Dressed Breast of Lamb; To Roast Geese, Turkies, &c; Pheasant a la Braise; Wine-roasted Gammon; Veal or Venison `Cake'; Pigeon Pie; Chicken Baskets; Lemon Mincemeat
__Vegetable Pie; Fricassee of Turnips; Ragoo of Celery with Wine; How to Dress Salads; Eggs and Onions, commonly called the Onion Dish; Broccoli, Hot or Cold; Asparagus Dressed the Italian Way
__Lady Williams's Muffins; Mrs Dundas's Biscuits; A Nice Whet Before Dinner; White Mushroom Fricassee; Apple Puffs; Naples Biskets; Petit Pasties
Finishes with "Mr Darcy's Dinner or the Dinner Which Never Happened" menu. It appears all the `receipts' are in the book if you want to try preparing the entire menu for poor Mr. Darcy.