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Victorian Food Recipes

Here at The Judge's Lodging we love Victorian food and cooking. Occasionally we even hold large Georgian & Victorian 5 course dinners, with around fifty dishes in each.  Don't get the Curator talking about Victorian jellies - she's made loads and collects moulds. We're going to give our old ice-cream maker a go some time too (we're afraid we usually cheat by using a freezer). So, we love it so much we thought we'd share some of our favourite recipes with you. All of these are ones we have made ourselves. You'll also find some more recipes in our learning resource The Great Victorian Picnic.

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Cook books we like to use

Don't be put off by these books being old - many of them are still available in modern editions, if you want to look at them further.


Eliza Acton Modern Cookery for Private Families  1845

Anon  Handwritten recipe notebook from Radnorshire (probably Rhayader), early Victorian, held in the Powys County  Archives

Mrs Beeton The Book of Household Management 1859-61

Mistress Margaret Dods  Cook and Housewife's Manual 1829

John Farley, The London Art of Cookery, 1783

Augusta Farwell  Handwritten recipe notebook 1852

Charles Elmé  Francatelli  The Cook's Guide and Housekeeper's & Butler's Assistant   1884

Hannah Glasse, First Catch your Hare: The Art of Cookery Made Plain & Easy  1747

Henrietta A Hervey Anglo Indian Cookery at Home: A Short Treatise for Returned Exiles by the wife of a retired Indian Officer 1895

Georgina Hill  How to Cook Eggs in 100 Different Ways  1866

Colonel Kenney-Herbert, also known as Wyvern  Culinary Jottings for Madras 1881

Dr William Kitchener The Cooks Oracle, 1807

C C Kohloff  Indian Cookery and Domestic Recipes, 1906

Mrs A B Marshall The Book of Ices 1885

Elizabeth Raffald The Experiences English Housekeeper, 1786

Eliza Smith The Compleat Housewife, 1758

William Verrall's Cookery Book, 1759



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Strange But True

  • list arrowHow did Victorians try out a new invention?

    Test it on the servants of course! That's what happened in 1860 at The Judge's Lodging, when gas lighting was put into the basement and not the Judge's rooms. They wanted to see if they got sick from the fumes. The servants were fine - that's why we got the lights working again.

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