Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Emma Darwin's Cookbook
This is a page from the 1839 hand-written recipe book of Emma Darwin, Charles Darwin's wife. Besides various recipes for such things as Irish Chocolate ("bake for six hours"), Veal Pie and Creme a la Victoire, it includes instructions for boiling rice in Charles's own handwriting. I'm always fascinated by old cookbooks, and reading this it's nice to imagine the famous naturalist and his wife sitting down to dinner together in the evening, chatting over their Mont Coquins Chicken Pie. You can read the entire manuscript here.