Frazer.   Mrs     - Curry in old Edinburgh !**
THE PRACTICE OF COOKERY, PASTRY, AND CONFECTIONARY;
IN THREE PARTS: Containing, Part 1.- Receipts for macking up all kinds of plain and dressed Dishes, Soops, Sau-ces, Ragoos, Fricasses, &c. Part 11- Pies, Pasties, Pud-dings, Dumplings, Custards, Pancakes, Fritters, &c. Part 111.- Picklings and Pre-serving; Barley Sugars, Tab-lets, Cakes, Biscuits, Cheese Cakes, Tarts, Jellies, Creams, Syllabubs, Blamange; Fowls and Fishes in Jelly, with other elegant Deserts. WITH RECEIPTS FOR MAKING Wine, Vinegar, Ketchups, Syrups, Cordials, Possets, &c. Lists of Dinner and Supper Dishes: and of Articles in Season; and Directions for Carving, Trussing, &c. ILLUSTRATED WITH PLATES. By Mrs FRAZER, Confectioner, TEACHER OF THESE ARTS IN EDINBURGH. THE FIFTH EDITION IMPROVED AND ENLARGED. EDINBURGH: PRINTED FOR PETER HILL 1806.
1fep. Half Title.[1] Title page.[1] (5)+6-7 Preface. [2] 2 Engraved plates, sometimes the 2 plates are at the front as a frontispiece. [1] (1)+2-294. (1)+296-304 Index. 1fep. Full modern dark brown calf with blind tooling on the boards. Raised bands on the spine with blind tooling, gilt lines and 2 crimson labels with gilt lettering. Very clean internally with the last page of the Index slightly age browned. A handsome copy.
- Based on the format of Mrs MacIverís 'Cookery and Pastry' of 1773 which was originally published for pupils at the school run by Maciver where Mrs Frazer taught. On the formerís death Mrs Frazer succeeded her in running the cookery school and became the sole cookery teacher in Edinburgh, or so she claimed. The recipes are really useful and clearly written, as befitted a teacher, and are indicative of the age, incorporating traditional food with such new concepts as curry. The latter is interesting as curry recipes only started appearing in the 1780s and Frazerís recipe calls for a new ingredient, ready-made curry powder. One can only imagine and smile at the remarks made by Edinburgh people when first encountering this exotic concoction. Frazerís book was extremely popular running into several editions, the eighth appeared in 1827. (Sophie Schneideman Cat.5. Feb.09)

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