STEEL, Flora Annie, and GARDINER, G. The Complete Indian Housekeeper & Cook. Giving the Duties of Mistress and Servants, the General Management of the House and Practical Recipes for for …

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STEEL, Flora Annie, and GARDINER, G. The Complete Indian Housekeeper & Cook. Giving the Duties of Mistress and Servants, the General Management of the House and Practical Recipes for for Cooking in All its Branches … New and revised Edition. London, William Heinemann, 1909.

8vo. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; pp. x, 390, [2, advertisements]; light rubbing to cloth, a little offsetting from endpapers, otherwise a clean and good copy; later ownership inscription Sultana Booth, 25 Street of 1,00 Households, Bombay (Indian Quarter), India on front fly-leaf.
First published in 1888, this title became a classic of cookery and household management on the Subcontinent. There is very detailed advice on how to do the logistics of relocating an entire household to the annual sojourn in a hill station, where fresh fruit and vegatable are growing through the summer. The authors list exactly what has to be contained in eleven camel loads, including and iron bath, one chest of drawers, three boxes of books. There are hints on gardening, producing your own medicine, shoe cream etc., advice on the dresses to be worn at tennis parties, the management and upkeep of servants. The book describes life and amenities of many a hill station, including Quetta. 'Living is dear all round'; however transport is tricky with camels bringing in coal and 'commissariat mules' having to be hired. This is a valuable document on how the British upper classes lived during the Raj, and how they maintained a more or less British diet.

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