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Anne Chotzinoff Grossman & Lisa Grossman Thomas – Lobscouse & Spotted Dog

September 26, 2007

99. Lobscouse & Spotted Dog: Which It’s a Gastronomic Companion to the Aubrey/Maturin Novels by Anne Chotzinoff Grossman & Lisa Grossman Thomas (1997)

Length: 304 pages

Genre: Non-fiction, Cookbook

Started: 24 September 2007
Finished: 26 September 2007

Summary: A cookbook featuring recipes mentioned in the Aubrey/Maturin novels by Patrick O’Brian, amply sprinkled with the relevant quotes from the books, quotes from period cookbooks, and tips and vignettes from the authors’ attempts to recreate early 19th century ingredients and techniques.

Review: Am I ever going to actually make any of the recipes in here? Probably not. I don’t really have the time, space, or equipment to regularly spit-roast entire lambs, or to build raised pies from scratch, or to boil puddings for three hours (although after hearing the praises of suet puddings sung for almost 250 pages, I am extremely curious). Did I enjoy reading about them, even though I’m probably never going to cook them? Absolutely. This book was interesting from a historical perspective, an excellent companion to understanding the books, and even quite funny in parts. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Worth browsing for anyone who likes the Aubrey/Maturin series and who also likes food.

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