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A book someone just pointed to [Mar. 5th, 2014|07:42 pm]
Xiphias Gladius
The Bachelor and the Chafing Dish. It's an 1896 cookbook-plus-essays. Mostly essays, really. It's about how to cook when you're a nearly broke bachelor, from the late 19th century. A lot of it is based on the chafing dish, which we think of as just to keep food warm, but which the author, who was cooking without an actual kitchen, used to genuinely cook food.

I've been flipping through it, and it's a lot of fun. An essay about how he and one of his friends had been eating out at a particular restaurant, but they noticed that a lot of their friends ate at a cheaper place, so they started eating there, until they observed that, while they filled up their stomachs pretty well there, their stomachs didn't seem to STAY full that long afterward, having emptied themselves out... An essays about how to cook really well on a galley kitchen on a ship. An essay about one of his friends serving him a haggis.

It's worth looking at, I think.

[User Picture]From: yendi
2014-03-06 01:08 am (UTC)
"What is a chafing dish for?"

"Why, it's a traditional serving piece used at brunches to keep food warm."

"I thought that was a Crock-pot."
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[User Picture]From: browngirl
2014-03-06 01:58 am (UTC)
*makes an amused note*
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[User Picture]From: wordweaverlynn
2014-03-06 08:26 am (UTC)
Thanks! I love this sort of thing.
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[User Picture]From: adrian_turtle
2014-03-06 03:49 pm (UTC)
*sigh* I must be turning into a humorless feminist into my old age. When he jokes about how saving money in cheap restaurants or saving time not washing dishes, I can laugh with him. But when he jokes about women wasting so much time doing dull stuff in the kitchen, it pushes my That's Not Funny! button. It looks too much like serious contempt and it just makes me angry.
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[User Picture]From: xiphias
2014-03-06 03:54 pm (UTC)
Sure. I definitely have to put on my "it's 1896" goggles to read it. I don't expect everyone to enjoy visiting a world in which women are not allowed to vote, enter into contracts, or own property, and are, in fact, considered property.
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