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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and very readable, 21 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Elinor Fettiplace's Receipt Book: Elizabethan Country House Cooking (Paperback)
Hilary Spurling's description of the recipe book which was passed down to her husband's family and thence to her made the hairs lift on the backs of my arms. Why haven't I been fortunate enough to inherit a book with end papers made from scraps of illuminated manuscripts and full of the most appetising recipes and as Ms Spurling points out, such appealingly villainous spelling?

Her description won me over from the start. This is a fascinating and often surprising book for anyone interested in English food and the social history of the 17th century. Hilary Spurling has evidently researched her subject very thoroughly but she wears her scholarship lightly. Lady Fettiplace and those predecessors and successors who contributed to her book were clearly equally accomplished cooks, producing subtle and sophisticated food on a scale which would make the modern cook quail.

Ms Spurling arranges the recipes month by month and gives scaled-down quantities and instructions which make these slices of history accessible to today's cooks. My only regret is that I didn't discover this book years ago, as it was first published, I think, back in the '80s. If prospective readers find they can't acquire a copy it'll be because I've bought them all for family and friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - utterly fascinating, 11 Feb. 2014
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Excellent reference book and contains all the little tit-bits of information you never get to read about in other similar books. Highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eliizabethan Cookery, 19 May 2014
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I found this book very informative and full of recipes. Did not disappoint me and was easy to read also
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting book, 15 May 2015
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Great recipes giving an insight into how we used to eat in tudor times
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be better known, 8 Mar. 2015
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Terrifically researched - a good source book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elinor Fettiplace's Receirt book, 20 April 2009
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This is a charming book by Hillary Spurling, full of use full historical detail. It is also very readable.
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