The Well-Kept Kitchen

The Well-Kept Kitchen

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In 1615 the poet and writer Gervase Markham published an extraordinary handbook for housewives, containing advice on everything from planting herbs to brewing beer, feeding animals to distilling perfume, with recipes for a variety of dishes such as trifle, pancakes and salads (not to mention some amusingly tart words on how the ideal wife should behave). Aimed at middle-class women who would share in household tasks with their servants in the kitchen, this companionable and opinionated book offers a richly enjoyable glimpse of the way we lived, worked and ate 400 years ago.To make the best fritters, take a pint of cream and warm it; then take eight eggs, only abate four of the whites, and beat them well in a ... then put in two spoonful of the best ale barm, and a little salt, and stir it again; then make it thick according unto your ... There be some which mix pancakes with new milk or cream, but that makes them tough, cloying, and not crisp, pleasant and savoury as running water .

Title:The Well-Kept Kitchen
Author:Gervase Markham
Publisher:Penguin UK - 2011-04-07


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