Category Archives: Cookery

The Boar’s Head

I’ve already mentioned this year’s Christmas offering from the Cambridge Library Collection: Songs of the Nativity, compiled by William Henry Husk and published in 1864. The first of the secular carols (described as ‘Festive Carols and Songs’) in the book … Continue reading

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The Forme of Cury: A Medieval Cookbook

The Revd Samuel Pegge (1709–96) was one of those pluralistic and partly non-residential clergymen which the reformist wing of the Church of England was so ready to deplore. From Chesterfield in Derbyshire, he was a student and later fellow of … Continue reading

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Songs of the Nativity

Last year, we reissued the delightful Some Ancient Christmas Carols, compiled by Davies Gilbert, P.R.S., and first published in 1822. Our Christmas offering this year is a later compilation, the 1864 Songs of the Nativity, edited by Henry Husk. And … Continue reading

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Cocoa: All About It

‘”Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents”, grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. “It’s so dreadful to be poor!” sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress. …’ No need to cancel this Christmas, however, though it is a blow … Continue reading

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A List of Books by Scots

On this momentous day, I thought it appropriate to list some of our Scots authors, who, whether published north or south of the border, have contributed so much to the intellectual life of Great Britain.

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