The Modern Housewife or Menagere

The Modern Housewife or Menagere : Comprising Nearly One Thousand Receipts for the Economic and Judicious Preparation of Every Meal of the Day

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Perhaps the first celebrity chef, Alexis Soyer (1810-58) was a flamboyant, larger-than-life character who nonetheless took his profession very seriously. As the chef of London's Reform Club, he modernised its kitchens, installing refrigerators and gas cookers. They became something of a showpiece, even opening for tours. In contrast, Soyer also organised soup kitchens during the Great Famine in Ireland and volunteered his services in the Crimea in 1855 to improve military catering. He was also a prolific inventor of kitchen gadgets, notably promoting the Magic Stove, used for cooking food at the table. This work, first published in 1849, was aimed at the middle classes. Conceived as a dialogue between two housewives, it contains hundreds of recipes and tips, giving modern readers a rich insight into household management of the time. Also reissued in this series are Soyer's Gastronomic Regenerator (1846) and Culinary Campaign (1857).show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9 b/w illus.
  • 1139626353
  • 9781139626354

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Introduction; Breakfasts; The nursery dinner; Comforts for invalids; Culinary correspondence; Sauces; Soups; Fish; Removes; Poultry; Entrees; Second course; Savoury dishes; Vegetables; Pastry; Removes; Dessert; The dinner table; Index; more

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