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The royal cook; or, the modern etiquette of the table


subjects: food, household management, serving, pickling, preserving, brewing, health, royalty,

  • 1. The royal cook; or, the modern etiquette of the table, displayed with accuracy, elegance and taste, being a full and exact descriptions of the manner of dressing and serving up royal dinners at St. James's, Buckingham-House, Kew, and Gunnersbury . . . directions for going to market . . . pickling, preserving, brew- ing . . ran: important treasure of Domestic 'Medicine . . 'the improvement of female oeconomy, and the preservation of that inestimaale [sic] blessing, health. etc.
    London: printed for Richard Snagg   [c.1774]
    18 cm.   142 p. pls.   1 sh. 6 d.  
    US:   DCLC*  

    1. This work is invariably listed under 'Pennington, The Hon. Mrs.', with no indication of her Christian name.
    2. Bitting, p. 364, says that part of the contents of Mrs Pennington's book are identical to those contained in an anonymous work published in 1778; see under earlier entry: FRUGAL, The frugal house-keeper, which frankly admits in the title-page to the use of receipts from Pierre Joseph Buc'hoz's 'The toilet of Flora'. It is possible, therefore, that whoever compiled 'The frugal house-keeper' also wrote 'The royal cook', reusing parts of the former for the latter and borrowing the name of a long-dead titled woman for a pseudonym. It is also possible that a near relation of the titled lady used a MS which had genuinely been compiled by her, supplemented the MS with other material and published it under her name as a posthumous tribute to her. Apart from these conjectures, the present compiler has no solution to the . mystery of the identity of 'The Hon. Mrs. Pennington'.
    3. Bitting, p. 364, and Simo

    Bitting, p. 364