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Georgian Recipes and Remedies (Paperback)

A Country Lady’s Household Handbook

British History P&S History Social History Women of History Georgian Era 18th Century

By Michael J. Rochford, Illustrations by Peter Brears, Illustrations by Caroline Rochford
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 50 black and white
ISBN: 9781526727299
Published: 30th May 2020


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Discover the recipes for Mrs Rooke’s Very Good Plum Cake and Lady Harbord’s Marigold Cheese. Learn how to preserve gooseberries ‘as green as they grow’ and make Sir Theodore Colladon’s Peace Flower Syrup. Feast on Lady St Quintin’s Dutch Pudding and Mrs Eall’s Candied Cowslips. Then wash it all down with Lady Strickland’s Strong Mead or some Right Red Dutch Currant Wine.

These are just some of the delightful Georgian recipes found in the receipt books of Sabine Winn, the eighteenth-century Swiss-born wife of Sir Rowland Winn, 5th Baronet Nostell of the impressive Palladian mansion, Nostell Priory in Yorkshire. Using centuries-old cookbooks, newspaper clippings, old family recipes and contributions from noble friends, Lady Winn created a wonderfully eclectic collection of mouth-watering dishes that are presented in this new volume for modern readers to enjoy.

Mistrustful of English doctors, Sabine’s receipt books also contain scores of remedies for a whole series of complaints, such as: The Best Thing in the World for Languishing Spirits or Fatigue after a Journey; Mrs Aylott’s Excellent Remedy for Colic; Aunt Barrington’s Cure for Pleurisy; An Approved Medicine to Drive the Scurvy or any other Ill Humour out of a Man’s Body; and A Diet Drink to Cure all Manner of Hurts and Wounds.

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 Michael J. Rochford

About Michael J. Rochford

Michael J. Rochford holds a BA (Hons) and a Master’s degree through the University of Leeds, having studied at Bretton Hall campus in the heart of the Wakefield countryside. He was born at the old Manygates Maternity Hospital and married at Wakefield Cathedral, having worked at ‘Prophet Wroe’s’ Wrenthorpe Mansion, Melbourne House. Michael runs a history research company, Heir Line Ltd (www.heir-line.co.uk), with his wife Caroline, and has edited several published titles on Victorian and military history. He is also a member of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society.

About Peter Brears

Renowned Yorkshire-born illustrator Peter Brears is a prolific writer of history books (All the King’s Cooks, 2011, Traditional Food in Yorkshire, 2014), a museum consultant, historic house expert, and TV food historian (If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home, 2011).

 Caroline Rochford

About Caroline Rochford

Caroline Rochford, the wife of Paddy’s grandson, is a Yorkshire-born author, having written Great Victorian Inventions (2014) and Great Victorian Discoveries (2015), both published by Amberley. She and her historian husband, Michael J. Rochford, are directors of the genealogy company Heir Line Ltd (www.heir-line.co.uk), and both were fascinated to receive Paddy’s long forgotten papers in 2010.

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