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Home Cookery Year: Four Seasons, Over 200 Recipes for All Possible Occasions

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Look no further than National Modern Home Cookery from Syndicate Publishing, originally printed in 1936. Interestingly, Mrs Rundell’s book was also a bestseller in the United States (and has now been scanned in by Google): from 1806-44 there were fifteen American editions. This is accessible, exciting cooking at its very finest, and though it’s up against bigger titles and starrier names, it might just be the best cookbook to give without discretion this Christmas. And, Janet Morgan continues: ‘Daily life in the nineteenth century had a long agenda: “To make Pot Pourri; an excellent Water to prevent hair from falling off, and to thicken it [a mixture of unadulterated honey, tendrils of vines and rosemary-tops]; Black Ink; Fine Blacking for Shoes. Domestic Cookery was, Mrs Rundell said, ‘intended for the conduct of the famillies of the authoress’s own daughters, and for the arrangement of their table, so as to unite a good figure with proper economy.

If you would like the mixture to be more stew-like, mash some of the beans using a fork for a thicker consistency. Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions (about four or five minutes), then drain and rinse under cold water and toss them with two tablespoons of olive oil. The Dairy Diary has been Britain’s favourite home diary since 1982 with sales of over 25 million copies! With basics, such as white sauce, gravy and Victoria sponge, as well as indispensable recipes including sausage rolls, Chelsea buns and even new classics, like pesto and paella, you'll wonder how you survived without it! The answer is most often found in the pages of a cookbook and lately the cookbook that’s been on my kitchen counter is Claire Thomson‘s Home Cookery Year (an appropriately-titled book, for the year where the focus is on home cooking).The recipe is taken from The Dairy Book of Home Cooking 2012 edition which my Granny gave to me as a present and it’s been a life saver ever since – simply recipes used everyday. We are confident, however, that nearly two hundred years on Persephone readers will find it both useful and entertaining, as well as being a work of social history in itself. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Quadrille Publishing and Raincoast Books for providing me with a free, review copy of this book.

We have used the 1816 edition, and are confident that most people will be able to cook from this book with ease, perhaps not as readily so as with Good Things in Englandbut nevertheless nearly everyone will be able to adapt Mrs Rundell’s suggestions to present-day use with no difficulty.Following the rhythm of the seasons, Thomson encourages the home cook to become more confident with their own cooking practices. Try to get hold of some Thai basil – it has a pungent, slightly spicy flavour redolent of liquorice and anise, quite different to standard sweet basil, which has more minty, grassy notes. Cavolo Nero; and Fried Chilli Butter Sesame Eggs with Kale on toast, which I very much wish I were eating right now! Mixed opinions because of the addition of the saffron, but everone loved the spicy pangrattato with the fennel seeds.

Those of you who follow my reviews will know that my husband and daughter have an aversion to cauliflower, so I’m always on the lookout to redeem one of my favourite vegetables.Cited Celebrity Masterchef, GBBO winners and by millions of ordinary cooks as the book that inspired them to cook, this is THE cookbook that should appear on a kitchen shelf in every home. Pasta china” is the name of a sumptuous, festive, baked pasta dish from Calabria, the heel of Italy, in the deep south. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH).

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