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  • A modern bill of fare for seven
  • Subjects: bill of fare,

    • 1. A modern bill of fare for seven, as it was perform'd, by their own desire and approbation, in May, Anno Domini 1751, and compared with a bill of fare provided for King Henry the 8th, and his Queen, the foreign ministers, Lord- Mayor, judges, etc.
      London: printed for Mons. Potage Julien Verd la Petit Pate   Sold by Mons. Carpenter   1751
      30 cm.   8 p.  
      GB:   OBL*  
      US:   ICJ   TxU  

      1. The following advertisement appears at the end of this booklet or pamphlet: 'To all Printers, Booksellers, Stationers, and others, this to give notice. That this is not enter'd in the Hall-Book of the Company of Stationers, but it is earnestly requested that no-body will pirate it, as it is done for the benefit of several French cooks just imported, who want shirts to their ruffles.' See under earlier entry: EXPLANATION.
      2. The corporate pseudonym is obviously a joke. From the advertisement given in note 1 it is clear that the compilers of this small work were Frenchmen, yet the spelling and construction of the French in the pseudonym is chaotic. 'Verd', the outmoded form of 'vert', was used to I mean 'bawdy' as well as the usual 'green'; and 'patte' is used to mean 'a dog's dinner'. In its crude form, the nearest translation for the pseudonym is 'Mr. Soup with Shredded Salad and Game Pie', but with double-meanings, such as 'bawdy', it could be a risque play on the cooks' surnames.

  • The modern method of regulating and forming a table, explained and displayed
  • Subjects: table setting, dinner,

    • 1. The modern method of regulating and forming a table, explained and displayed. Containing a great variety of dinners laid out in the most elegant taste, from two courses of five and five, to twenty-one and twenty-one dishes; finely represented on one hundred and fifty-two copper plates etc. [by several eminent cooks].
      [London]: printed for J. Hughes, and S. Crowder   [c.1760]
      34 cm.   vi, 171 p. pls.  
      GB:   LeU(B)*  
      US:   DCLC   MH  

      1. The first work to be published entirely devoted to the ways of setting a dining-table, with specimen menus for each setting.

      Bitting, p. 579; Oxford, pp. 80-1


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