Indian Domestic Economy And Receipt Book.
Printed and Sold at The Bombay Gazette Press.
Comprising numerous directions for plain wholesome cookery, both oriental and english; with much miscellaneous matter answering for all general purposes of reference connected with household affairs, likely to be immediately required by families, messes, and private individuals, residing at the presidencies or out-stations. by the author of manual of gardening for western india. third edition, revised.
8vo. 8.5 x 5.5 inches. viii + 630 +  pp. Bound in contemporary half leather over marbled boards. some wear to extremities and occasional spotting; otherwise a very good copy. Signatures on endpapers and at head of title. A standard cookery and recipe book for the use of the British Raj in India. It opens with a forthright but fair minded section on servants, including their rates of pay in several of the presidencies: 'The misdeeds of Indian servants appear to be a general and unfailing source of complaint amongst all...Nor is the fault wholly on their side - much that is complained of, originates with the master, and is owing to him.' In addition to the recipes, the book has sections on the outdoor economy, the farm and poultry yard, the horse and stable and the kitchen garden, with directions for cultivating a wide range of European and Indian vegetables. The section on weights and measures includes market prices for many commodities and products in the various regions. Indian Domestic Economy was published anonymously, but is known to be the work of Robert Riddell. Library Hub lists editions published from the first of 1849 to the eighth of 1877, with Madras and Calcutta imprints in addition to Bombay. (Cagle 1101).
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