The Curious Cookbook: Viper Soup, Badger Ham, Stewed Sparrows and 100 More Historic Recipes

The Curious Cookbook: Viper Soup, Badger Ham, Stewed Sparrows and 100 More Historic Recipes


By (author) Peter Ross

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  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 212mm x 26mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0712358633
  • ISBN 13: 9780712358637
  • Illustrations note: 35 colour and 35 black and white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 84,235

Product description

Historic cookery books contain recipes that to the modern cook can appear quaint, bizarre, revolting or downright absurd. From the frugal to the fantastical, The Curious Cookbook contains some of the most unusual recipes from historical cookery books, from the Middle Ages to the Second World War, to present a positive gallimaufry of fabulous food and other oddities. Historic recipes such as these also provide fascinating insights into the social and economic context of the times. Each recipe is accompanied by an engaging commentary describing the background to the recipe and the writer, and charming contemporary illustrations are featured throughout. Examples of some of the recipes included: Coffins and chastletes (pies), garbage (animal entrails), porpoise with wheat porridge, spit-roasted milk, cowslip tart, a great swan pie, roasted peacock, turtle soup, parrot pie, curried kangaroo tails, invalid stew, mashed potato sandwich, Brussels sprouts mould

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Author information

Peter Ross is the Principal Librarian at the Guildhall Library, London. He is in charge of historical cookery books, of which the Guildhall Library has the largest collection in any UK public library.