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If you read cookbooks as literature as well as for recipes

mandycat | Jan 7, 2011 10:56 AM

Lately I've been exploring the treasures of Project Gutenberg, a website chock full of out-of-copyright publications that can be downloaded for free. In fact I'm so enraptured that after running through a ream of paper and three ink jet printer cartridges I finally broke down and ordered a Kindle.

It occurred to me yesterday to look around for books about cooking and household management. Lawdy me, if you've ever wondered how to make calf's foot jelly, not to mention how to raise and later slaughter said calf, needed to know the correct way to cook eels including pies ("The Eel is also good in Pyes, fry'd and boil'd, which every one knows how to prepare"), or looked for a good recipe for brown rabbit soup, your search is over.

The delights of Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management are worth a visit all by themselves.

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