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Victorian Pharmacy Remedies and Recipes Hardcover – 15 Jul 2010


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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion; First Edition edition (15 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862058903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862058903
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane has been an author and journalist for over 25 years. She worked for several years for the fashion business press, reviewing the international collections and interviewing designers from Galliano to Gaultier. A move from urban to country life saw her develop her interest in plants, flowers, herbs and fruit and foraging for wild food. Jane is passionate about the countryside and exploring the British Landscape.She is fascinated by history and has been able to combine her varied interests in some of her many books, several of which were linked to television series. Jane's books have won a number of awards: Britain by Bike was voted the Hay Festival/National Trust Outdoors Book of the Year 2011, The Best British Book and The Book of the Year at The British Book Design and Production Awards 2010.The Good Housekeeping Organic Cookbook won the Best Organic Book 2001 at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

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Jane Eastoe has been a journalist and author for 25 years and a garden designer and horticulturalist for 15 years. She is the chief contributor to the National Trust Book of the Countryside. Her interest in organic living developed as a response to the diverse demands of family life. She is a keen gardener and her passion for chickens began five years ago with the purchase of two pullets. Her books include Wild Food, and Fabulous Frocks.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pat B on 9 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
heard the author on BBC London Radio/Robert Elms and was really curious - both about the book as well as the tv series. Jane talked about poisons & medicines & all things herbal and weird & wonderful! Have been watching the tv programme and reading through the book and it's a lovely put together package. Some really interesting recipes in the book - not ones that I would think that i'll need to make (too reliant on modern day medicine) but they seem really quirky and fun.
Have had fun reading this & seeing the stars on tv. Already looking forward to Ruth Goodman's next installment in Edwardian Farm this Christmas!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deb69 on 23 Aug. 2010
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This is a most interesting and informative book, which anyone who has an interest in medicines and the Victorian era will enjoy reading. There are also recipes dotted throughout, for anyone brave enough to try them! Though whether you can still get some of the ingredients is another matter!!!
A good all round book and well written.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hattie on 9 Aug. 2010
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I've really got into the series, and after enjoying it so much, decided to buy the book last week. Anyone who thinks that the book is just made as a tv add-on is mistaken, the book is cleverly written and often very amusing, and so compliments the series perfectly! I would recommend this highly, not only to those interested in the victorian era or in the discovery of medicines, but to anybody who fancies lightly learning something new and laughing a little on the way!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Barbara Murtha"BP" on 25 Aug. 2010
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As a retired Chemiist this book and the programme bought back memories and a few giggles of cleaning carboys and making suppositories - oh boy those were the days... It's a wonderful book I love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Owen on 26 Sept. 2010
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My daughter is studying Medicine Through Time for GCSE for this era, so I thought this book would be an interesting starting point, even though we missed the series. We have been reading it together and have found it has held our interest well. Some of the recipes included are entertainingly dangerous (with obvious warnings not to try them, although obtaining the ingredients would be unlikely) and sit alongside some interesting (safer) recipes which could be used today.
We have ordered the DVD. Despite getting it for study, it is a book I would have been glad to read anyway.
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Last year I was studying GCSE medicine through time, and this brought back plenty of memories! Although the title suggests this book is all about medicine in the victorian era, there are mentions of Hippocrates' four humours theory, purging and bleeding, the Chloroform discovery, Edward Jenner, Chadwick's sanitary report etc. There are many amusing cartoons and articles by George Cruikshank, the famous artist of the time, and one of the images was used in my History exam. I was expecting this book to be more like a diary of the TV series, but the photos of the cast on the front are about as much as you see from them, although Ruth Goodman does write the introduction. The recipes are interesting, although almost impossible to actually make, because some of the ingredients probably no longer exist! Overall, a thoroughly interesting read into the victorian pharmacy. This is my kind of history!
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This book is fantastic, it combines the history of the Victorian Pharmacy practices with a practical amount of knowledge also emparted in the process, safe recipies for the reader are provided - though I am yet to try and test some. Specific parts that appealed to me are the proverbs, snippets of history about the Bronte family that is not widely known, Henry the VIII and his dalinces which were treated with similar methods to the period and especially the way in which the modern practices we use today are very similar if governed better and Health and Saftey applied much more widely. Stories of Humbug Billy and the 100's of thousands of people murdered through "accidental" mistakes is both facinating and blood curdling. Recommended for any teenager also studing the period as part of GCSE's or at A-level a real eye opener, well written and engaging to any reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By denarius on 28 Aug. 2010
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Excellent value, very informative with attractive layout. It compliments well the BBC TV Series upon which the book was based but adds helpful lists of remedies and recipes.
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