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The Well-Kept Kitchen [Kindle Edition]

Gervase Markham
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In 1615 the poet and writer Gervase Markham published an extraordinary handbook for housewives, containing advice on everything from planting herbs to brewing beer, feeding animals to distilling perfume, with recipes for a variety of dishes such as trifle, pancakes and salads (not to mention some amusingly tart words on how the ideal wife should behave). Aimed at middle-class women who would share in household tasks with their servants in the kitchen, this companionable and opinionated book offers a richly enjoyable glimpse of the way we lived, worked and ate 400 years ago.

About the Author

Born in Nottingham in 1568, Gervase Markham was a prolific writer and poet. Like many other young men of his time, Markham took to a military career but after service in The Netherlands and Ireland, he turned to writing as a profession. In 1615, Markham published a handbook for housewives, which remains an important source of early 17th Century domestic life and contains instructions for the 'complete woman' in preparing meals to brewing beer, preventing plague and bad breath. Markham died in 1637 and is buried at St Giles's, Cripplegate, London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1282 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W264ZC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #519,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating historical journey into food 3 April 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I love a title that takes the reader to another time so when I originally heard of this astounding release from Penguin that brought recipes from the period of Elizabethan England and into the reign of the first of the house of Stuart to the modern reader. Some of them are tricky to fathom but can give the reader an idea or two of flavours and tastes that they perhaps may not have considered before. Add to this a guide about how the good housewife should perform that makes an interesting study in itself and the reader really does have an historical item to hand. Finally add to the mix tips and tricks for cuisine from the time period and it really is an eye opener.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Domestic Diva Tome 7 Jan 2012
By Lulu from Philly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was intended for a Christmas gift. The recipient wasn't too thrilled. The entire series published by Penguin Books is really quite clever. They took works by famous individuals, some from the culinary world and reproduced them. I thought it was interesting to read about life in other times. Kudos to Penguin for doing this, anyway!
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