[Sca-cooks] Mrs Cromwell was Protestants prohibited spices in England?

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Thu Jan 4 10:50:11 PST 2007

On Jan 4, 2007, at 1:34 PM, Johnna Holloway wrote:

> I actually have owned a copy of Mrs. Cromwell's Cookery Book since  
> 1984
> when the Cambridgeshire Libraries published it in a paperback. There's
> really
> no evidence that she wrote it and it's thought to be a Royalist book
> written to show
> what a poor housekeeper she was. The recipes are not bad.
> Johnnae

Thass okay, the book I have which I thought contained some her  
receipts did, in fact, actually contain recipes alleged to be from  
Queen Henrietta Maria... I'm sure I have something alleged to be from  
Joan Cromwell, just not sure what or where. And if it's not actually  
from her, but mere scurrilous spoofery and a political smear  
campaign, it almost doesn't matter unless the recipes are so  
atrocious as to be obvious to anyone, in which case it would stick  
out like a sore thumb.

I sincerely doubt that the cookery of the Puritans or any other  
Protestant sect would differ markedly from that of the rest of a  
mostly Protestant England as of the mid-16th century or so.


"S'ils n'ont pas de pain, vous fait-on dire, qu'ils  mangent de la  
brioche!" / "If there's no bread to be had, one has to say, let them  
eat cake!"
     -- attributed to an unnamed noblewoman by Jean-Jacques Rousseau,  
"Confessions", 1782

"Why don't they get new jobs if they're unhappy -- or go on Prozac?"
     -- Susan Sheybani, assistant to Bush campaign spokesman Terry  
Holt, 07/29/04

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