Customer Review

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Victorian Delight, 20 Mar 2012
This review is from: Modern Cookery for Private Families (Classic Voices in Food) (Hardcover)
Modern Cookery for private families by Eliza Acton, published in 1845, so pre-dating the more well known Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management by sixteen years; in many ways, Modern Cookery was the precursor to Mrs Beeton, and one of the first cookbooks aimed at the housewife, rather than the professional chef. As such, it was intended to be comprehensive; there are 636 pages, each of which contains several recipes, so it's hard to imagine that much escaped coverage in its 34 chapters. This was also the first cookbook to list ingredients separately from the body of the description. The time that the recipe will take to prepare and cook is also included - as much of a help to modern cooks as it would have been to our Victorian forbears.

The book is stuffed with recipes that are miles away from what is commonly found today. Celery vinegar, lots of mutton recipes, the lady's sauce (for fish) merely show the range. There are also little jokes throughout - the publisher's pudding, which can scarcely be made too rich, compared to the poor author's pudding, or the printer's pudding. And then there is the elegant economist's pudding, a way of using up old plum pudding by lining a pudding basin with slices, filling it with custard and cooking.

Were I to choose a favourite recipe from this book, I think that actually I would go for a whole meal. As a classic book, it should be a classic meal: potted shimps, a beef-steak pie all followed by the welcome guest's own pudding. In contrast, I have little interest in either tapioca or sago soup.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.2 out of 5 stars (95 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (36)
4 star:
 (45)
3 star:
 (9)
2 star:
 (3)
1 star:
 (2)
 
 
 
Used & New from: £3.87
Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,212