Now, read Mrs. Charles Darwin’’s Recipe Book

December 22nd, 2008 - 2:59 pm ICT by ANI  

London, December 22 (ANI): You may now enjoy the food that fuelled great naturalist Charles Darwins mind, for a cookbook with recipes created by his wife Emma has been published.

Mrs. Charles Darwin’’s Recipe Book, compiled by food authors Dusha Bateson and Weslie Janeway, contains recipes for Victorian favourites like broiled mushrooms and Penally Pudding.

It is being sold as the perfect resource for those planning a “credit crunch Christmas”.

The book is said to be based on Emma Darwins original notebook. It also contains instructions for cooking rice written by Darwin himself.

Bateson and Janeway wrote the book after recreating and testing the 55 recipes.

They could do so after they were allowed access to archives at Cambridge University, where Darwin studied at Christ’’s College between 1828 and 1831.

Bateson said that the one thing on their mind was to ensure that the contribution made Emma to her husband’’s career was fairly represented.

“Emma was a very underestimated lady. She was no Delia Smith, and didn”t even particularly like cooking, but had to feed Darwin, seven children and 12 servants. The book shows the methodical approach she had to collecting the recipes she used. Lady Bateson said the collection stood in marked contrast to the more glamorous approach of some famous chefs today, the Telegraph quoted her as saying.

“It’’s good, family cooking designed to feed a large household. Darwin had a lot of illnesses, and I think there’’s a lot of evidence that suggests he wouldn”t have survived without Emma being there to prop him up and keep him going.
“One of my own favourites among the recipes is her suggestion for using pickled walnut mashed up in a sauce for braised beef. It adds a hint of Worcester sauce to the flavour,” she added.

The book has been has been published by Glitterati Incorporated. (ANI)

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