I've discovered a new one at Google Books.
The book was written by one Duncan McDonald (spelled variously) purported to be Head Cook at the Bedford Tavern and Hotel of Covent-Garden.
Mr. McDonald, it seems to me, knew what he was doing. The book truly is, as is claimed in the Conclusion, a Complete System of Domestic Economy. Every necessity for a household is discussed--from menus, recipes, table settings, butchering and carving, to sick rooms, servants' instructions and marketing.
Among the plethora of information I found several things particularly interesting and unique among the cookbooks of the era that I have seen in my own research. 'Bills of Fare' encompass dozens of pages and offer menu suggestions based on seasonal availabilities and number of guests. The supper offerings alone require nine pages.
The diagrams of desert [sic] tables are charming, and the contents of those offerings are very interesting.
Shepherd's Market, towards the west end of Oxford Street, contains nothing out of the ordinary way.The New London Family Cook also offers:
St. James's Market, near St. James's Square, is well supplied with all sorts of provisions."
Alchorne & Bingley, Oil and Colourmen, 18, Aldgate High-streetThere are four pages of these recommendations!
Batley & Co., Drug-grinders, Sewall-street, Goswell-street
Wm. Elliott, Chinaman, 27, St. Paul's Churchyard
Grant & Hurley, Carpet and Upholstery Warehouse, 226, Piccadilly
Rich. Jones, Perfumer and Toyman, 25 Ludgate-street
James Maunder, Brandy Merchant, 9, Crutched-friars
Edward Russell, Biscuit-baker, 453, Strand
There is so much of interest in this book, I am going on too long, but I must mention a couple more things. The illustration below I have not seen in another cookery book of the period.
Angel's, the corner of Gracechurch Street, Cornhill
Birch's, Cornhill, and
Rich's, at the bottom of Ludgate Hill
Finally, there are two suggested menus for ball-suppers in this book. (I discussed ball-suppers in a July blog post). I have added a menu for forty people, from the New London Family Cook, to that post.
Mr. McDonald's book certainly has inspired me. Perhaps I should use it to improve my own cooking skills, and widen my culinary horizons.
'Til next time,