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We had company on saturday.
We went to the village fete.
I bought a cookbook that was published in 1958.
28th Jul 2008, 12:57  

Jane Doe says:

Sounds like a good day : )

28th Jul 2008, 19:34

Caine says:

How nice. I love old cookbooks.

28th Jul 2008, 23:31

Kostika says:

I was so excited when I found the cookbook. It also has a cooking terms dictionary in it that is very useful even now. And the recipes are classics, but not just British.

28th Jul 2008, 23:33

Caine says:

That's great. I have a bunch of old cookbooks, some dating back to the 1800s (those recipes are a challenge, as everyone cooked in woodstoves - no modern ovens!) and they are remarkably useful and often have very good recipes.

29th Jul 2008, 00:14

Kostika says:

This one mentions gas and electric stoves, but they would have been very early versions of electric and certainly not as accurate as current ones. Plus all the temps are in Fahrenheit, which really shows it's age since the UK has used Celsius for a while now.

30th Jul 2008, 11:08

taniwha says:

Your friends are bookish types then?

What are measurements in the recipe book like? I read somewhere that in the older books they were much more comfortable with being approximate and relying on the cook's own sense of taste.

7th Aug 2008, 23:07

Kostika says:

Some things, like meat or fruit amounts, are kind of specific. But things like flavourings and spices often have no measurement at all. All of the recipes are short like those on the pages in the picture.

Yes we're all bookworms. Many books were bought at the fete.

7th Aug 2008, 23:11

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