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mrs beeton



The other day I was having my morning coffee in a cafe that had copies of Psychology magazine lying around, and I found a photo of Mrs Beeton, one of history's most famous cookery writers. I'm impressed by this colour plate from her famous cookbook, I must track down the whole volume and have a good look at the illustrations.



When I moved in with Stuart, I think he had four cookbooks: two from his mum that were unchanged Victorian recipes, a slow cooker book, and Delia's One is Fun book with recipes that he doubled when we were dating. Now we have about twenty cookbooks, but I still mostly only use about three of them. My favourite one ellenlindner recommended to me, and which unfortunately is out of print, Cooking like Mummyji: real British Asian cooking by Vicky Bhogal. (You can pick it up used for a mere 75 quid on Amazon.) But I see she has some new books out, so I might have to investigate.

I mostly learned how to cook from Delia Smith. My mother is a brilliant cook (and even better now than she used to be), but she was always so good that I unhelpfully let her get on with it, and just stirred the occasional sauce or ferried dishes and coffees back and forth at one of her zillion dinner parties. When I left home at 17, I only knew how to burn omlettes and eggy toast, so my Moscow flatmates and later Stuart had to endure a lot of my experimentation. I once managed to bake cinnamon rolls in a saucepan in a Russian oven with no temperature markings, from a used Better Homes & Gardens cookbook I managed to pick up in an English language bookshop... I was well proud of those.

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beatonna
Jun. 17th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
I love Mrs Beeton! Even if she spells her name wrong :I
jabberworks
Jun. 17th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Ha ha... that DID make me think of you! :-D

(Oops, I edited just as you must've been commenting! I can never leave my posts alone...)
mondoagogo
Jun. 17th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
I love the cake pendant.
jabberworks
Jun. 17th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Seemed fitting. :-)
atomicyoghurt
Jun. 17th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Delia!
You know what? "One is Fun" is a genius book! I still use it, the recipes are brilliant. There is a great one for pork chops in cider, and the fishcakes are a big hit with Anneli...I scale it up 12 times and put them in the freezer!
jabberworks
Jun. 17th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Delia!
Hey, thanks for the tip! Stuart got excited and says he's going to go back and have a look at it. We haven't used that book for awhile!
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