Click to enlargeA PLAIN COOKERY BOOK
For the Working Classes
(London 1861)

By Charles Elmé Francatelli. An example of a British shilling cookbook. Francatelli had been chef to Queen Victoria and was a successful cookbook author. Writing a shilling cookbook was a trendy thing for a well-known 19th c. chef to do, unfortunately Francatelli received scathing reviews in the press for including inappropriately elaborate recipes in this inexpensive cookbook meant for the working class. In spite of the bad publicity it sold well, although it did not achieve as much popularity as fellow London chef Alexis Soyer’s A Shilling Cookery for the People. Facsimile reprint. 112 pages. Softcover. Import.

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