Monday, March 26, 2007
Just looking at my current copy I see it is the 54th edition of the De Luxe Edition first published in 1955. Of course the very first edition appeared way back before World War One in 1907 and since then more than three million copies have been sold.The word icon is widley over-used but I think it is fair to describe this remarkable book in that way.
Now you can read the 1914 edition courtesy of the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre at Wellington's Victoria University.
Many of the recipes have long gone out of fashion but I was amused by this little ditty:
Do you love me? said the cup to the custard.
I'm just brimming up in you replied the custard.
You sweet thing answered the cup.
Which was followed by this little homily : A Golden Rule - hold fast to that which is good.
If you would like to view the 1914 edition click on this link.