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COOKE, Mordecai Cubitt   1825-1914


M. C. Cooke had a culinary as well as scientific interest in fungi. In addition to the two books described below he also included cookery instructions in "A plain and easy account of British fungi, with especial reference to the esculent and economic species' first published in 1862.% 1123

  • British edible fungi
  • Subjects: mushrooms, cooking with,

    • 1. British edible fungi | how to distinguish and how | to cook them | with coloured figures of upwards of | forty species | by | M. C. Cooke, M.A., LL.D., A.L.S. | author of "Handbook of British Fungi;" "Illustrations of | British Fungi;" "Fungi, Their Nature, Uses," etc.
      London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Tru4bner and Co Ltd; 1891
      19.0 x 12.5 cm   Pp [1-5] 6 [7] 8, [i-ii] explanation of plates, [9] 10-237   Maroon cloth  
      GB:   *LB   LWel   LoEN   OB  
      US:   NRU   PU   PPWa   PPD   PP   ICJ   WU   RPB   IU   CU   NIC   NNBG   MWelC   PPF   MH  

      The author says in the preface that the book "was intended in furtherance of "fungus eating."' He then discusses in the first chapter what people, where and when have eaten fungi. Separate chapters for each fungus or group of fungi follow in which he tells how to recognise the particular type of fungus, where and with whom it is popular, and how to cook it. The colour plates are particularly striking.

  • Edible and poisonous mushrooms
  • Subjects: mushrooms, cooking with,

    • 1. Edible | and | poisonous mushrooms: | what to eat and what to avoid. | By | M. C. Cooke, M.A., LL.D., | author of "Handbook of British Fungi," "Fungi: Their | Nature, Uses," "Toilers in the Sea," etc. | With eighteen coloured plates | illustrating forty-eight species. | Published under the direction of the General | Literature Committee.
      London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge; New York: E. and J. B. Young and Co; 1894
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-v] vi [vii] viii, [9] 10-126, [i-ii] publ ad, [1] 2-8 publ ads   Grey cloth with 2 mushrooms on front  
      GB:   LB missing   LWel   *LoEN   OB  
      US:   PPL   PPF   PPULC   OCU   MiU   ICJ   MB   DLC   DI-GS   MBH   NjNbS   NcU   OU   OCl   PU   PPFr  

      The author discusses in the preamble the many varieties of flavour and ways to cook mushrooms. Although he remarks, "It is no part of our present design to give special instructions in the art of cooking', in each of the twenty-six individual entries for edible mushrooms which follow the preamble he makes some critical comment about taste and the best methods of cooking.
      Like "British edible fungi^, the plates are very attractive. The LoEN copy lacks Plate I.


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