This listing is for an original early Victorian cookery book, "Everybody's Pudding Book", published in 1866 by Richard Bentley the financially troubled and quarrelsome publisher who collaborated with, and published some works of, Charles Dickens prior to their falling out. He published this book during his'come-back' soon after a 15 year hiatus after several professional disputes and deciding to split from business partners and go it alone in the publishing world. The following year the publisher suffered an accident which he would ultimately not recover from and would contribute to his death 4 years later. The book does not mention the author on it's title page, spine or cover, perhaps as a woman not deeming her worthy of the credit afforded to the publishers.
The author of this book is a Georgiana Hill, whose name signs off the introduction with the more androgynous nom de plume,'Browning Hill'. This book is a captivating insight into the Early Victorian household. It was written not merely for the cook but with the prospective but undecided diner in mind.And with the sincerity of the epicure, I hope that with this manual to consult, no one will be any longer at a loss what to order, or what to have. The author of this book is a skilled writer and takes the reader along an evocative journey through the months and seasons, subdividing the book into chapters for each month of the year and an introduction to each month which will delight historians and foodies alike. Alongside the traditional puddings and pie recipes which popularity has afforded their survival; gooseberry fool, custard puddings etc, there can be found many locally esteemed puddings and many now-extinct dishes of the Victorian era that demarcate the evolution of puddings.
Such recipes as cowslip pudding, calves feet pie, transparent pudding have long been missing from modern kitchens, and myself, having attempted the tansy pudding listed in the book, can see why these may have fallen from favour. Nonetheless they form an exciting part of our culinary history and contain knowledge and use of many wild species of plants and unusual ingredients.Whilst puddings are without doubt a quintessentially English dish, recipes in the book have influence which extend beyond our national borders, and beyond puddings into the world of pastries and custards. Some of these french and Italian influenced dishes would have been at the exotic vanguard of the changing tastes of Early Victorian era bringing exciting new flavours to the table.
The condition of this book this quite good considering its age and considering its purpose as a cookery book, which typically suffer greater harm than the average novel. I have photograhed the main issues, so please do look at all the pictures. The book is hardback with an. There are a coulple of small splits to the cloth on the spine where it meets the front cover. There is some light foxing (small brown dots that often appear on old manuscripts) and some light tanning to the pages commensurate with age.
As you will see from the first photograph, there s some lighter patches to the lower front cover. The pages are all complete and non are torn at the binding. There are some greases where the page meets the spine. There is a little wear to the spine which is otherwise in tact. There are page markers/ book mark slips of paper throughout which are not original but I have left in all the same.As you will see from my feedback, I take great care and pride in packaging my items well, so that they are protected in transit and arrive well presented. I enjoy communicating with my customers and getting to know who they are, what they are after and what would make them happy.
I welcome any questions you may have about my listings. Please check out my other items. The item "Very Rare 1866 Everybody's Pudding Book Antique Cookery Book Early Victorian" is in sale since Monday, December 11, 2017. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "monkeyfish4" and is located in Manchester.
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