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Eat, drink, and be merry

By BLYTH, Harry

subjects: gastronomy,

  • 1. Eat, drink, | and be | merry; | or | dainty bits from many tables. | Amusing anecdotes, convivial customs, interesting | facts, and food folk-lore. | Collected and arranged by | Harry Blyth.
    London: J. A. Brook and Co; nd
    18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [iii-xiii] xiv-xvi, [1] 2-173, [i] ad   [1s on binding]   Thick paper with design on front featuring small images of people at table
    GB:   LB micro OB   LoEN   OB  
    US:   NN   *NNNAM  

    On the title-page, which is on page xi and preceded by pages iii-x of advertisements, is the quotation, ""There does not at this blessed moment breathe on the earth's surface, ae human being that doesna prefer eating and drinking to all ither pleasures o' body and sowl." # Wilson's Noctes Ambrosianae.'
    The text contains much fascinating information, both anecdotal and factual, in the fourteen chapters entitled "Gluttons and gluttony', "Abstinence', "Eccentric feeders', "Table traits', "Dinner and the dinner service', "Food folk-lore', "Vegetables and fruit', "Cooks and cookery', "Beer', "Drinking customs', "Topers', "Tea and tea-drinking', "Coffee' and "Food facetiae'.
    LB, LoEN, NN and NNNAM date the book [1877]; OB dates it [1878].