Toasted Cheese, Just Like Jane Austen Liked

May 20, 2021 | 1

Want to take your Jane Austen fandom to a new level? At the Guardian, Alison Flood dives into a “household book” that will be published as a color facsimile by the Bodleian Library. Written by a close family friend, Martha Lloyd’s Household Book includes favorite recipes from the Austen estate, handwritten by Lloyd herself. “If you read every recipe, you can see that ingredients come from around the globe,” editor Julienne Gehrer says, “but the vast majority were grown, raised or sourced locally: eggs, cream, butter, pork, poultry, mutton, beef, venison. Fruits were from the nearby orchard or soft fruit bushes. Vegetables and herbs were from the kitchen garden. Today, if you cook extensively from Martha’s book, you’ll do a fine job at supporting local agriculture.”

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is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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