You might be asking, “Who has leftover cake?” and to that I say: good point.
Another delightful discovery – a beautifully presented blog by an American writer, who deftly combines the most delicious recipes with a company of famous authors and their tastes in food. The well written, gently humorous style reminds me of Miss Darcy’s Library or The Baker’s Daughter Blog: a very pleasant way to while away a late winter’s evening.
Even when you love to cook, there are those times when it would be nice to have just a little help: when you promised to make something for the office potluck but forgot to go shopping; when that dinner party you’re hosting sneaks up on you; when your in-laws you dearly want to impress are in town and all you have in the pantry are the three jars of peanut butter you bought before Hurricane Sandy.
Wouldn’t it be easier to live in Jane Austen’s world, where you could hand off such tasks to a very capable cook? Remember poor Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice, who, when asking which of the Bennets had prepared the meal, “was set right by Mrs. Bennet, who assured him with some asperity… that her daughters had nothing to do in the kitchen.”
Like Elizabeth Bennet, Austen wouldn’t be caught dead with a roasting pan—but…
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