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A Plain Cookery Book for the Working Classes Hardcover – 1 May 2007


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Tempus Publishing; 1st Edition Thus edition (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752442899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752442891
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 20.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Elme Francatelli (1805-1876) was an Anglo-Italian chef who was chief cook to Queen Victoria.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. Salfranc on 20 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
Have tried a number of the recipes from this little volume - though alas there are things which in these sniffy PC days one can no longer get easily - and I found it quite poignant to think that many of my forebears must have cooked them too - maybe from a oopy of this very same book.

Excellently produced too.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Moonstone on 18 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'll probably only cook a few of the recipes as I don't eat meat but the book is well worth having for the historical factors alone. Very interesting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JAWUK on 27 Jan. 2013
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An interesting little book of social history containing recipes ranging from how to make porage to roasting a goose, not forgetting soups cheaply made for distribution to the poor. Not a long read, but very enlightening about the lifestyles of the ancestors of the majority of British people.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elliethecat on 21 Jan. 2013
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If you are interested in social history and what people ate in the past this may well be a book for you. It makes for very good reading and gives a fascinating insight into both what was eaten and how it was cooked. Highly recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Maz on 1 Oct. 2012
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Crisis!! What Crisis?? We don't know we have been born yet (as my Mother use to say - meaning you think you have it hard now, well you just wait.....).
If you want to know what poverty is and how the poor managed to feed their large families in the 1900's then read this book.
Example:some advise given to the housewife: "Buy meat at the end of the week at the close of day when the meat will be tainted. Make sure that you cut away any 'blow holes'"(holes made by flies to lay their eggs in).
Breakfast: "Mix a flour paste with milk and give to the children" and so it goes on.
It really made me feel quite sad but this little book must have been a god send to families everywhere just trying to make ends meet. Read it for no other reason than to quote to any moaning pizza eating, fizzy drink swilling, chicken nugget munching kids/adults to show them just how spoiled they really are - better still, put them on the same diet as some poor child would have had to endure rather than starve to death. No people, we truly do not know we have been born yet!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SS on 26 Aug. 2012
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I downloaded this on to my Kindle, thinking it would be something along the lines of Mrs Beetons, but actually it's quite funny in a laugh out loud way. I don't think I'll be trying out some of the recipes anytime soon, but if I do ever slaughter a pig, at least I now know how to utilise every part of it, including the blood! If you would like to try making your own black pudding using fresh pig's blood, then this is the book for you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MIRIAM on 12 April 2013
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Toast water. An Economical Soup- for distribution to the poor and Heavy Milk- suitable for the breakfasts of women and children . I shall make them all and traumatize my family. Very funny book.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David Pettifor on 29 Dec. 2006
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Recieved this as a gift and thought at first it was a joke. But no! Have been able to amaze my friends with my authentic English cooking, we have had to install a range and are regulars at our local bakers, where we borrow their oven!

Enjoy!
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