Historical Cooking Books – 103 in a series – The gentleman’s table guide and table companion to the art of dining & drinking… (1873)

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Historical Cooking Books – 103 in a series – The gentleman’s table guide and table companion to the art of dining & drinking, with table habits and curious dishes of the various nations, &c., &c., with practical recipes for wine cups, American drinks, punches, cordials, récherché bills of fare, with service of wines, &c (1873)

Historical Cooking Books - 103 in a series - The gentleman's table guide and table companion to the art of dining & drinking... (1873)

Historical Cooking Books - 103 in a series - The gentleman's table guide and table companion to the art of dining & drinking... (1873)

Historical Cooking Books - 103 in a series - The gentleman's table guide and table companion to the art of dining & drinking... (1873)

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PREFACE,

THE THIRD EDITION OF THIS BOOK CONTAINS ADDITIONAL MATTER, WITH NOTES COLLECTED BY THE AUTHOR,

It was, it seems to me, a bright idea to place Bacchus and Minerva together at Table, to prevent the one from turning libertine, and the other from airing herself as a pedant. Joseph de Maistre.

LONG preface to such a volume as the present would be a sort of impertinence, and yet to pubhsh it Avithout some introduction would be like serving a dinner without a menu; and, even when the repast is a la Basse, the guest expects some in- formation of the wines and dishes of which it is to be composed. I have not, how- ever, given a long account of the various details ; a brief but clear reference, with distinct instructions, alone seemed to be required. During considerable experience i in the service of various festivities to persons occupying distinguished positions in society, i I have been frequently reminded of the necessity for some such simple book as that which I now seek to supply.

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