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THE COOK’S ORACLE;
Kitchiner, William.

THE COOK’S ORACLE;

Containing Receipts for Plain Cookery in the Most Economical Plan for Private Families: Also the Art of Comprising the Most Simpled and Most Highly Finished Broths Gravies, Soups, Sauces, Store Sauces, and Flavouring Essences: Pastry, Preserves, Puddings, Pickles, &c. Containing Also a Complete System of Cookery for Catholic Families. The Quantity of each article is Accurately Stated by Weight and Measure; Being the Result of Actual Experiments Instituted in the Kitchen of ... Cadell and Co. ... 1827.
New Ed. Sm. 8vo. T.p. + xix + 491pp. + [i]. Some browning, light stain to fore-edge of first 30 odd leaves, with the armorial bookplate of W.S.C. Copeman [see note], contemporary half calf with marbled boards, some wear to corners, sl. surface wear, rebacked with original repaired blind embossed spine laid down with new gilt lettered title label to spine. First Edition was published in 1817. Oxford, p.145. The author was a wealthy London physician who did not practice his profession. William Kitchiner M.D. (1775–1827) English optician, inventor of telescopes, amateur musician and exceptional cook. His name was a household word during the 19th century, and his above cookbook, was a bestseller in England and the United States. In the United Kingdom, the origin of the crisp is attributed to Kitchiner, with The Cook's Oracle including the earliest known recipe - ‘Potatoes fried in Slices or Shavings", which instructs the reader to "peel large potatoes, slice them about a quarter of an inch thick, or cut them in shavings round and round, as you would peel a lemon; dry them well in a clean cloth, and fry them in lard or dripping’. William Sidney Charles Copeman CBE TD FRCP (1900 – 24 November 1970) was a rheumatologist and a medical historian, best remembered for his contributions to the study of arthritic disease.
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