Eliza Smith was, according to her own words, employed as a cook to 'fashionable and noble Families' and the 1739 edition of her popular book contains over 600 cookery recipes from the early part of the 18th century. The 350+ pages not only include a month by month Bill of Fare, but also a large number of medical 'receipts' and remedies (taking up about one third to a quarter of the book) which also make this book fascinating reading. For folks interested in edible wild food there are recipes for pickling ash keys, barberries, preserving damsons, and pickling samphire.
Despite their being digitised the pages almost have the visual 'feel' of the original. There are traces of owner's pencil markings on the pages, the occasional smudge and ink print-through. Then there's the language and vocabulary of the period, and the cooking techniques of the day, which transport you back more than 275 years in time.
The pages have a 'digital' index to help you find your way around the plants. The contents of the cased CD-ROM run like a website from the disc, so if you have a modern PC (or Mac) and a recent copy of a web browser you should be able to run the CDROM.
UK Price: £10 incl. P&P.
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