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on 25 October 2007
'The Victorian Kitchen - the words conjure up an 'upstairs, downstairs' image of maids in their starched aprons, overseen by an outwardly stern cook with a heart of gold, cosily ensconced around a scrubbed wooden table.

In this book, which accompanied the major BBC TV series, we take a look behind he scenes and discover that 'kitchen and scullery should never assert their nearness through the nose'; we look at the vast collection of equipment used - from the dusty, smoky range to the gleaming array of 'coppers' which were every cook's pride and joy.
We meet 'The Victorian Kitchen's' cook, Ruth Mott, who started her working life as a scullery maid in an old style country house in 1930 when mansion kitchens were still run on Victorian lines.......
The book includes a section on that most Victorian of culinary techniques - preserving; discusses in fascinating detail the five meals a day which the kitchen staff had to prepare; and has a collection of recipes which have been specially adapted from Victorian cookery books.

Beautifully illustrated with period drawings and engravings as well as full-colour photographs of the restored Victorian kitchen, Jennifer Davies' book is a marvellous and very readable insight into a bygone age....'

190 matt high quality pages, split over chapters:

(1) The Lay-Out
(2) The Mistress of the House
(3) The Servants of the House
(4) Kitchen Fittings
(5) Victorian Values
(6) The Kitchen and the Garden
(7) Preserving
(8) Shopping
(9) Breakfast
(10) Luncheon
(11) Tea
(12) Dinner
(13) Supper
(14) Beverages
(15) Charity
(16) Alexis Soyer

with an introduction, Victorian recipes and an index.

Recipes include:

* Jerusalem Artichoke Soup
* Mulligatawny Soup
* Boiled Leg of Mutton
* Savoury Pudding
* Potato Snow
* Stewed Lettuce
* Savoury Eggs
* Finnan Haddock
* Marrow Toast
* Hash
* Brown Bread Pudding
* Christmas Plum Pudding
* Treacle Pudding
* 5 O'Clock Tea Scones
* Claret Cup
* Quince for the Tea Table

and 'An Excellent Cake That Will Keep Good A Year'!
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on 15 June 2009
Bygone days of cooking...or is it...the values of Victorian Cooking and the use of the various kitchen impliments avaiable shows just what can be done and that the mod-cons of kitchen tools do help, but that the old fashioned way of preparing and cooking is just as good...even if time consuming with some ingredients and utensils...
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on 15 May 2011
This is a fantastic book about victorian life in the kitchen,lots of pieces described by people who worked or had family working in the kitchens and what was exspected of them to do daily.If you enjoy books on victorian life then dont miss out on this one,very enjoyable,well written and chapters on people right up till 1930 how kitchen life was like for domestic staff.Highly recommend this book.Mrs Tina Smith
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on 9 October 2013
THIS is a real delight...I loved the BBC Series many years ago... and every time I pick this book up, I am back to a time, when I could just sit and read all day long if I wanted to...sadly thats not the case today...but this is a book you can put down and when you go back to it, its immediatley back in your mind as to what you read before...nice recipe's to enjoy too
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on 30 December 2013
A fascinating glimpse of kitchen life in the past, in much practical detail. My interest is really in Edwardian times, not Victorian, but since the cook's memories are from the 1930s, no doubt these details cover that period as well.
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on 23 November 2015
amazing insight into what cooks had at their disposal, all the good wholesome food, not the junk we fill ourselves with today
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on 25 July 2015
Arrived quickly and will be put away towards Christmas presents. A super book.
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on 22 December 2014
Beautiful book, filled with amazing illustrations and detailed informantion.
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on 26 April 2016
love books about olden times and how they made things brill book
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on 27 October 2014
Loved the TV programme - the book is excellent.
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