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OOooo, this was cool...

All about breakfast and food you could buy out in mid-19th century London:



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Jan. 11th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
I just love little sites with juicy tidbits of info like that! Thanks for sharing!
Jan. 11th, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
Very neat, I love food history!
Jan. 12th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)

I've a better one, titled 'What Jane Austen Ate and What Charles Dickens Knew'. A slim volume full of fun tidbits on life in the 19th c.
Jan. 13th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
I know that book, too...I'm pretty sure I have a copy of it floating around here somewhere, along with several period cookbooks...and many other things. Victoriana is pretty big in my house. Wanna know how to make mid-Victorian knitted lace? Or stockings? Or the latest women's fashions ca. 1850 or how to make a syllabub, I'm your person.
Jan. 13th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)

Hee! Reading through Mrs. Beeton's Family Cookery, circa 1910, is a regular amusement around here... and watching the BBC's 'Victorian Farm Christmas' almost brought on the urge to make one of those football-sized plum puddings that are steamed for hours and hours and hours.

I had a glass of wine and read fanfic until the urge went away.
Jan. 13th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
There's a website at one of the Spanish universities that has scanned in copies of cookbooks through the ages...in English along with other languages. It's always fun to go there and read some of the old cookbooks...they've got some from the Elizabethan era, even.

I've got an original volume of Godey's Lady's Book from the year 1850 (the first issue which has a memorial for Edgar Allen Poe), and some some original edition crafting books from the 40s, (and later) and a variety of cookbooks and a whole group of how to make Victorian stuff that are facsimile editions,and have some needlework and other artifacts...including a pair of fine bone knitting needles and an ivory bodkin and an ivory crochet hook and a beautifully handsewn woman's chemise and other cool stuff, like some quite elegant hair combs that might be edwardian...

But I was reenacting mid-Victorian stuff, so I had a big need to know. As part of it, I privately published 4 small volumes of knitting books based on patterns from my collection of period patterns, translated for the modern knitter...out of print right now, until I get off my duff and re-edit them and do something else with'em.

Puddings are fun to make. But only in cold weather!
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