From her writing and recipe style, Lady Harriet was clearly a sophisticated woman of means who deplored the “unpalatable horrible attempts at entrees, dignified with some high-sounding French name, made by the general run of English cooks.” Her recipes for soups, sauces, fish, meat, poultry, vegetables and salads, eggs and cheese, pudding, jellies, pastries, bread, biscuits, cakes, liqueurs, pickling, coffee, and dairy making were clearly designed to replace the “sodden pieces of meat, soaking in a mess of flour and butter . . . which forms the English cook’s universal idea of a sauce, and which they liberally and indiscriminately bestow on fish, flesh and fowl.” Refined and sophisticated, her cuisine was clearly targeted for those who appreciated and could afford good living. The last ten pages of the book contain a listing of other books published by Edmonston & Douglas of Edinburgh, so it is likely that the Philadelphia publisher J.B. Lippincott and Co. simply reprinted the original Engish edition in its entirety.
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