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Published: 01 November 2011

400 Pages

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199605767

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The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook

Flora Annie Steel and Grace Gardiner
Edited by Ralph Crane and Anna Johnston

Oxford World's Classics

  • The Mrs Beeton of British India, Flora Annie Steel and her companion Grace Gardiner's book of household management for memsahibs offers a fascinating insight into the daily life of Anglo-Indians and their servants under the Raj.
  • An entertaining guide to the duties of mistress and servant, the book is also a fascinating document of colonial relations.
  • Includes advice on the storeroom, accounts, meals, gardening, camp life, clothing, cookery, and recipes, tempered with personal anecdotes and glimpses into the lives of the two remarkable authors in the 1880s and 1890s.
  • A lively introduction looks at Steel's life and writings and other imperial manuals and books on cooking and empire, and illuminates the connections which the book makes explicit between running a domestic household in India and running the British Empire.
  • Explanatory Notes cover everything from the late nineteenth-century pharmacopeia, kitchen, and laundry cupboard to geographical, historical, and political contexts.
  • Includes a glossary of Indian terms.

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