I’m in a cookbook!
I never expected to be. Although I love cooking and baking and often don’t use a recipe, I’m far too impatient to make a list of ingredients most of the time, much less take measurements as well. The only time I ever write down quantities and measurements is when I’m adapting a recipe from a historical cookbook. I call it research, but for me trying old-fashioned recipes is also just fun, and sometimes the results are great. (And sometimes not, but I won’t dwell on those.)
One of my favorite old cookbooks is Beeton’s Book of Household Management, popularly known as Mrs. Beeton’s Cookbook. (You can see from the picture that my copy is well-used.) It was first published in 1861.
Recently, author Lois Winston had a great idea—to gather a bunch of authors and produce a cookbook with dessert recipes (yum) as well as advice on love and writing. I envy Lois her boundless energy. She writes mysteries (two series that I know of) and romances, but still found time to corral 105 authors for this venture. The cookbook was released last month, and it’s called Bake, Love, Write.
I contributed a recipe which I adapted from Mrs. Beeton’s Cookbook, in which it’s called “A Nice Plum Cake.” This cake (which I see as more of a quick bread) appears briefly in one of my Regency novellas, Notorious Eliza.
Mrs. Beeton’s version doesn’t have any plums in it and nor does mine, but it does have currants, so I renamed it Victorian Currant Bread. This is what it looks like, and in case any of you happen to buy a copy of Bake, Love, Write, I swear that the recipe does not have eggs in it (most cakes and quick breads do, so I get that question a lot).
It’s only 99 cents for the e-book (a great deal), and it’s also available in a paperback version. Here are some buy links if you go for dessert coupled with advice:
Have fun indulging your sweet tooth. :)