the old cookbooks

It isn’t just her notes to which I owe a debt. She also had books which she heavily annotated. Some of these books are now well over a century old, and reflect a long bygone era. They are early attempts to codify Raj cuisine, and are pitched at the “mistress of the house”. Just remarkable reading.

Interestingly, the Google books project and the Gutenburg project have some of these books available. Look at Wyvern’s “Culinary Jottings for Madras”, which is one of more famous of the books from this era.

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