Published alongside the BBC TV series of the same name, this book takes a look "below stairs" to find out what domestic life was really like in Victorian times. The book describes in detail the meals the kitchen staff had to prepare, and includes a section on preserving and a list of recipes.
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If you've ever wondered how downstairs provided upstairs with all of those elaborate meals, wonder no more. Davies, a BBC producer, has written a meticulously detailed work about the nerve center of the Victorian home--the kitchen. Be warned: this is not a cookbook so much as book about cooking, although some recipes are included. The author explains how the kitchen functioned in an era when industry was expanding but stoves still had to be lit by hand at six o'clock in the morning. Chapters examine the relationship between mistress and servants, the social hierarchy of the kitchen and the sometimes Dickensian conditions under which kitchen maids and cooks had to work to yield the expected bounty. The book is filled with period illustrations and photos from the BBC series of the same name, and includes vivid anecdotes from veterans of Victorian staffs. The few recipes featured are drawn straight from Victorian sources. They have been modernized, but read carefully before trying them. If you do attempt them,, you'll produce a reasonable facsimile of a Victorian dinner--typically, with mulligatawny soup, boiled leg of mutton, potato snow and treacle pudding. Still, after you've made all of these things by hand, you may want to give your microwave a hug.
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Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002367129
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002352567
Book Description Isis, UK, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 1850895201. A laminated pictorial board Hardcover. Minor damage, scuff at the top of the spine. LARGE PRINT text. 302 pages, index. Behind he scenes, we see the vast collection of equipment used in a Victorian kitchen, from the smoky range to the gleaming array of `coppers'. Meet `The Victorian Kitchen cook, Ruth Mott, who started as a scullery maid in a country house in 1930 when mansion kitchens were run along Victorian lines. Includes a section on preserving; discusses in detail the five meals a day which the kitchen prepared; and there is a collection of recipes which have been specially adapted from Victorian cookery books. Contents clean, tight and bright. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 022657
Book Description ISIS Large Print Books, Oxford, 1991. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good+. First Thus. 293pp. Illustrated. Large print editon of the book of the BBC TV series. No inscriptions. Pictorial laminated boards. Bookseller Inventory # 12739