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Old books for new foodies...,
This review is from: Modern Cookery for Private Families (Classic Voices in Food) (Hardcover)
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I first came across Eliza Acton from an old Delia Smith cook book, who used a couple of her old recipes (which were very good). This is a weighty tome, to be sure, but there are some excellent old-school recipes containe within it. Because it reproduces the original book, don't expect full colour photos or anything like that. However, like my mother's old 1950's Be-Ro cook book, it's a charming, if occasionally arcane work. There are some interesting things in there that I've never came across before - like cooking cucumbers, for example, and an entire chapter on 'Jewish Cooking' that is interesting. Plenty of good trad stuff to wade into - her vegetable mulligatawny is a cracker!