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Anglo-Indian Cuisine (Khána Kitâb) and Domestic Cookery - Constance E. Gordon

1913 - Thacker, Calcutta and Simla - Second Edition
A rare second edition of this important little book, with added recipes, market lists etc. making it double the size of the 1904 edition.

Including instructions and menus, such as ‘
Bazaar for two persons for a day’, ‘Tiffin and Breakfast Dishes’, and ‘Market Price Lists’ for Bombay, Poona and Calcutta, ‘Glossary of Indian Terms’; as well as a wages table and information on ‘Wages and Work of Principal Servants’. And more...

‘The memsahib who has just attained wedded bliss, and realises that after the honeymoon is over mundane matters and the cook have to be faced, has half the battle won if she is armed with a copy of Constance Eve Gordon’s ‘Khána Kitâb’” – Major Max,
Capital of Calcutta.

Anabel Loyd in her book ‘
Picnic Crumbs’ comments that ‘The picnic as an entertainment in Anglo-Indian circles was not expected to be a simple affair. In 1904, Constance E. Gordon, while strongly advocating the excellence of ‘Savoury Sandwiches’ at teatime, does not, according to her list for a picnic for twelve, consider them suitable food for an alfresco entertainment where the Butler is required to ‘make a nice French Salad to go round with the Cold Meats’. Her menu is well though out and perhaps not of excessive quantity for the tie although 6lbs of cold beef besides ham, turkey, ox-tongue, pigeon pie and soused pomfrets would certainly be heavy on the protein for contemporary taste.’ 
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Price HK$ 1,800