Thursday, September 09, 2010

Court & Country Cook

A 1702 translation of François Massialot's Cuisinier royal et bourgeois of 1691, is now available hand bound, 18thC style with marbled boards and 1/4 leather binding, by Paul McClintock, Common Hands Studio, for $100.00. Please contact Paul for shipping details and payment.

Massialot's book was reissued and updated often in French during the 18thC, but only once in English. The book is full of savories and sweets, liqueurs and confitures, instructions for table settings and menues for fat days and lean (fasting meals according to the church's calendar). Reenactors, living historians, museums and lovers of food and great books will find a remarkable treat in this lovely volume. Paul's work is magnificent--you won't be disappointed!

The Court and Country Cook: Giving New and Plain Directions How to Order all manner of ENTERTAINMENTS. A 480 page volume, presented to the BINDERY by Mrs. Carolyn Smith - Kizer. Additional copies will be bound in a 1/4 calf with marbled boards and may be had at the Crown and Book. Please inquire.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Poirée - Chard - White Beet

poirée chard white beetChard - use the chopped, blanched or wilted leaves in fillings for ravioli, tarts or pan-pies. The stalks can be sliced and used like celery. Another use of stalks is to cut them in finger lengths, blanch, dip in beaten egg and dredge in bread crumbs and fry in oil - sprinkle with salt and freshly grated nutmeg and serve as a side dish.

WHITE BEET, otherwise called chard, in Latin beta, pot herb which one cooks the leaves in a pot, & the stalks in ragout. … One can cut it very often during the summer, because it grows back easily, like sorrel & parsley.

POIRÉE, autrement appellée bette-blond ou blanche, en Latin beta, herbe potagere dont on met les feuilles au pot, & les cardes en ragout. … On peut le couper fort souvent pendant l’été, parce qu’il repousse aisément, comme l’oseille & le persil.
La Nouvelle Maison Rustique, Troisieme Partie, Le Jardinage, Livre Second, Chap. II, p. 125.
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