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Great foodie gift,
This review is from: Modern Cookery for Private Families (Classic Voices in Food) (Hardcover)
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This book is a facsimile of the original publication and the binding reflects this. It is a sizeable tome with a nice vintage cloth cover and a ribbon bookmark.
I collect old cook books, both originals and reprints (whether 'modernised' or not) and this sits nicely in the collection as it is very comprehensive and provides an authentic voice from a bygone era. It is fascinating to see what has changed in cooking - we've phased out calves' foot jelly - and how much remains the same - we have always, it seems, strived for the perfect gravy. I was intrigued to note how often cayenne pepper and mace were used in everyday dishes and how flavoursome food had to be.
Be warned, however, that this is most definitely not the sort of book you should buy someone as their first foray into cooking. The volume is too big to lie flat on a worktop, the print is tiny and there are very few illustrations. Where pictures do appear they are black and white and more likely to be of the raw ingredients (a bowl of eggs or a live hare) than of the finished dish. Measurements are imperial and cooking temperatures imprecise (a 'medium heat' or 'gentle fire', for example).
If you already know what a 'receipt' or 'catsup' constitutes, and you read your cook books from cover to cover like a novel, then this is the book for you or a gift for a like-minded foodie friend. If, however, you expect full page colour photos of the finished dish, weigh your ingredients to the gram and demand nano-second precise cooking times, for the sake of your nerves give this one a miss!