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The animal food resources of different nations
The | animal food resources of different nations, | with mention of some of the | special dainties of various people derived from | the animal kingdom. | By | P. L. Simmonds, | author of "A Dictionary of Useful Animals," "The Commercial | Products of the Sea," etc.
London and New York: E. and F. N. Spon; 1885
19.0 x 12.5 cm Pp [i-vii] viii-xii,  2-461, [i-ii] ad Blue cloth
Bib: A13 B435
GB: LB *LCS LWel LoEN OB
US: DLC ICJ IdU WaS NIC OClW MH NjP NjNbS PP PPD PU-V MtBC PPF
The following quotations are on the title-page: ""There's no want of meat, Sir; portly and curious viands are prepared to please all kinds of appetite." Massinger. "A very fantastical banquet, just so many strange dishes." Shakespeare."
In the preface, which is dated February 1885, Simmonds explains that one of his previous works, "The curiosities of food; or the dainties and delicacies of different nations obtained from the animal kingdom" which was published in 1859, "dealt cursorily with the wide subject". In this new book he has "endeavored to condense... a large amount of practical and useful information". Indeed, he has collected interesting and unusual material on eating habits from all corners of the globe. He includes descriptions of how various foods are cooked and eaten, and comments on their quality as food, for example, one may make "good eating" while another "tastes fishy". There are twelve chapters: "Introductory and general", "A few words on cannibalism", "Flesh food from mammals", "Flesh fo