Mrs Charles Darwin’s Recipe Book
Dusha Bateson (New Hall 1960)
More than a cookbook, the Mrs. Charles Darwin's Recipe Book delineates a lifestyle at the top of English society and intelligentsia at the time. This treasure trove that includes unlikely dishes such as Turnips Cresselly and Penally Pudding contains, even, another cook evident in the work: The recipe for boiling rice is in Charles Darwin's own hand.
The image of Darwin standing over a pot of boiling water with his pocket watch in hand, is one to savor, along with every other vestige of a lost kitchen and lifestyle come back to life here.
Reviewed in CAM 57 (Easter 2009)
Publication date: 1 October 2008
Buy online at Heffers
Added: 12 January 2010
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