We scanned a book called The Modern Housewife and it is from 1856, and the first recipe is for toast, and I am extremely charmed by this
@Pixley Alexis Soyer knew how to be charming, I think.
@ghost_bird oh wow I didn't think to look up the author, what a life this guy lived!
@Pixley I thought I recognised the title when you mentioned it - turns out it's because Elizabeth David wrote about him.
@Pixley (And now I have to look up his "Gastronomic Regenerator", if only for the title.)
@neoncoughh just picturing someone holding a jar of curry powder in one hand and a bottle of gin in the other and shrugging
@Pixley is this book available for my eyeballs, I already have a very glitchy copy of Mrs. Beeton on my Kindle
@Louisa I just checked it in so it's not up quite yet, but it will be there soon: https://archive.org/details/modernhousewifeo00soye_0
@Pixley HOORAY you know other cookbooks of the era have made me realize we've been drinking almond milk for a hell of a long time
@Louisa yeah this one has a whole section of almond milk, rice milk, barley milk, etc, for "invalids". My favorite cookbook we've scanned is this one: https://archive.org/details/jewelcookbookcom00well/page/n4 because it's also a household manual and "guide to rapid wealth"
@Pixley oooooooh bookmarking that for later
@Pixley hello, looks like I can have curly hair after all
@Louisa "wash for a blotched face" is so rude
@Pixley I am totally going to read this book.
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