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A flick through the library

A flick through the library

As of 2020, our little library contains 10 cookbooks published between 1868 and 1987 with at least one book per decade between 1900 and 1980.


8 of these were found online or in antique bookshops across London.


The 2 'babies' of our collection (The Complete Colour Cookbook, 1977 & The Best of Cooking, 1987) belonged to Miss HD's great grandmother, Bessie

Most of our recipes have been recreated exactly as written - with varying levels of success!

1800s Book - Warnes Model Cookery and Ho
Book 1

Warne's Model Cookery and Housekeeping Book

Compiled & Edited By: Mary Jewry
Year of Publication: 1868
Publisher: Fredrick Warne & Co. (Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, England, U.K.), printers: Savill, Edwards and Co. Printers (Chandos Street, Convent Garden, London, England, U.K.)
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Book 4

Bestway Cookery

Gift Book (Third Book)

Author: Best Way 
Year of Publication: 1928
Publisher: Offices of The "Best Way" Series (Fleetway House, Farringdon Street, London, E.C.4, England, U.K.)
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Book 7

Good Housekeeping's

Cookery Compendium

Complied By: The Good Housekeeping Institute
Year of Publication: 1958, printed 1959.
Publisher: The National Magazine Co. Ltd. and printed by Letterpress by Sun Printers Ltd. (Watford, England, U.K.)
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Book 10

The Best of Cooking

(14th Edition)

Author: Hamlyn
Year of Publication: 1987
Publisher: Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited (Bridge House, London Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, England, U.K.)
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Book 2

High-Class Cookery (11th Edition) for the National Training School Of Cookery

Author: Edith Clarke ('Mrs. Charles Clarke, Principal)
Year of Publication: 1909
Publisher: William Clowes & Sons Limited (23 Cockspur Street, S.W. London, England, U.K.)
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Book 5

Cookery Illustrated and Household Management

Author: Elizabeth Craig
Year of Publication: 1936
Publisher: Odhams Press Limited (Long Acre, London W.C.2, England, U.K.)
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Book 8

The Sunday Telegraph

Cookery Book

By: Jean Robertson for The Sunday Telegraph, with the chapter on wine by Andrew Robertson
Year of Publication: 1967
Publisher: Collins for The Cookery Book Club (9 Grape Street, London, W.C.2, England, U.K.)
Sold only to members of The Cookery Book Club.
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Book 3

A Second Dudley Book of Recipes

Collected and arranged by: Georgina Ward, Countess of Dudley
Year of Publication: 1914
Publisher: Hutchinson & Co. (Paternoster Row, London, England, U.K.)
Book 6

Manual of Modern Cookery

7th Edition

Author: Jessie Lindsay & V.H. Mottram
Year of Publication: 1943
Publisher: University of London Press Ltd. (War-Time Address: St. Hugh's School, Bickley, Kent, England, U.K.)
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Book 9

The Complete

Colour Cookbook

Editor: Gill Edden
Year of Publication: 1977
Publisher: Octopus Books Limited (59 Grosvenor Street, London, W1, England, U.K.)

Bessie flicking through Book 10 (The Best of Cooking by Hamlyn) in 1987

Bessie in the 1940s with her family, in the 1960s and in 1990 with Miss. HD.