An exploration of the exuberant American approach to Christmas during the Victorian era. Published 1991, revised from the 1990 original edition. 31 authentic and commemorative recipes, 53 research notes, 36 pages. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Soft cover, saddle-stitched. ISBN-10: 0-925117-44-7. ISBN-13: 978-0-925117-44-1.
Victorians who were affluent enough surely knew how “to do Christmas.” No expense or trouble was spared when it came to dining and decorating. Read about how the busy Victorians (and servants) celebrated in Victorian Christmas Celebration Cookbook by Patricia B. Mitchell. Less wealthy people, too, of course enjoyed the holiday, and their manner of celebrating is also discussed.
Descriptions, first-hand accounts, an information-rich narrative, and illustrative recipes combine to make Victorian Christmas Celebration Cookbook most worthwhile reading.
Christmas trees decorated with “candy-filled paper cornucopias,” “gilded egg cups,” and/or even “small taxidermied animals” are described, as are meals involving such dishes as “devilled spaghetti,” and “ginger sherbet,” — You are bound to have fun reading Victorian Christmas Celebration Cookbook!
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