Lobscouse and Spotted Dog: Which It's a Gastronomic Companion to the Aubrey/Maturin Novels

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This work celebrates the joys of the Aubrey/Maturin series of novels in this cookery book full of the food and drink that complements Jack and Stephen's travels. In the book are recipes for authentic 19th-century recipes for food such as veal and ham pie, jam roly-poly, steak and kidney pudding, syllabub, figgy-dowdy, trifle, marchpane cakes, pigs trotters and spotted dog. With this book, recipes for feasts of sucking pig and Christmas pudding can be created. Recipes are accompanied by relevant quotes from the series text, as well as historical notes on the origins of the dishes and their names. Also included are instructive sections on the preparing of roasts, puddings and raised pies.

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Animal lovers, relax--"Spotted Dog" is a kind of pudding, not a dalmatian. It is also the favorite pudding of Jack Aubrey, the fictional creation of writer Patrick O'Brian. Aubrey's adventures as an officer of the British Navy--and those of his friend and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin--during the tumultuous years of the Napoleonic Wars have been masterfully detailed in O'Brian's many novels; now Anne Chotzinoff Grossman and her daughter, Lisa Grossman, take readers on a culinary adventure through the kitchens and cuisine of the early 19th century.

Since food figures prominently in O'Brian's novels, his fans will already be familiar with such names as Skillygalee, Drowned Baby, Soused Hog's Face, and Jam Roly-Poly, but they may wonder exactly what those dishes are. Lobscouse and Spotted Dog makes it all clear: Skillygalee, for example, is oatmeal gruel, while Drowned Baby is similar to Spotted Dog, only without the currants and eggs. And Spotted Dog is...? You'll find the recipe in the Grossmans' book, along with excerpts from the Aubrey/Maturin novels and many other authentic 19th-century dishes to test your sense of adventure, your culinary prowess, and possibly your waistline. Lobscouse and Spotted Dog is more than a cookbook--it's a window into the past, an inspired piece of culinary detective work, and a delightful gastronomic companion to the novels of Patrick O'Brian.

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Anne Chotzinoff Grossman and Lisa Grossman Thomas, both avid Patrick O'Brian fans, live and cook on Long Island, New York.

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