Anyone for Lemon Barley Water?

Far from an old fashioned recipe, The Kitchen Witch brings to us a recipe that is as relevant today, as it was when it was published in Mrs Beeton’s book back in 1861. A tasty suggestion as a dietry aid or a deliciously refreshing drink perfect for the tennis? Check out this post and decide for yourself.

An Evolving Life

While reading through the original 1861 edition of Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management, I found myself more drawn to Isabella Beeton’s commentary and asides than the actual recipes. The recipes are, for the most part, plain British cooking – interesting in a way many historical recipes are. But, those little anecdotes, factoids, and excerpts from other publications, were packed with amazing trivia, providing insights into 19th-century attitudes towards food, cooking, dining and other household activities. In the chapter on Beverages, I spotted an interesting note on lemonade that turned out to be a health warning in the form of a cautionary tale.

Isabella Beeton’s aside on lemonade was a quote from Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (see the end of the post for the complete text). It most likely came from a translated edition of his book, The Physiology of Taste, first published in 1825 as Physiologie du…

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