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.
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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