A Gift from Mrs. Beeton: Edible Delights

Beeton, Author Ward Lock Limited. $0 (47p) ISBN 978-0-7063-7038-6
This tiny, charmingly illustrated volume features gift suggestions and special-occasion recipes culled from that classic of British cookery, Beeton's Book of Household Management . Likely to be propped up against fancy china and special cookware in American retail stores, the book (or, more properly, booklet) is a bit of antique fluff that Anglophiles and fans (however few) of British cookery will happily acquire. Most American cooks, however, will require a culinary dictionary to decipher the ingredients. Sultanas (Thompson seedless grapes) are needed to concoct Beeton's ``Christmas squares.'' Caster sugar (superfine sugar) is the basis for the chocolate-tipped cinnamon stars, and black treacle (a molasses-like substance) is called for in a toffee. Most useful: recipes for homemade fruit liqueurs (``Bottled in September, they will be at their peak in December, ready for seasonal celebrations'') and instructions for gift-wrapping sweets and dressing up preserves. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1991
Release date: 01/01/1991
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