Thursday, February 25, 2010

What To Pack For Your Picnic: Fruits and Salads

‘It was now the middle of June, and the weather fine;
and Mrs. Elton was growing impatient to name the day,
and settle with Mr. Weston as to pigeon-pies and cold lamb.’

‘Two or three more of the chosen only were to be admitted to join them,
and it was to be done in a quiet, unpretending, elegant way,
infinitely superior to the bustle and preparation,
the regular eating and drinking, and picnic parade
of the Eltons and the Sucklings.’

Emma – Jane Austen


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Here is the proof of how thoroughly organized picnics were at the time. And copious. I shall then leave you with Mrs Beeton (1836-1865), one of the most famous cookery writers of all times, who surely knew how to plan a delightful and generous picnic. The illustrations, drawn and designed by The Book on the Hill’s Illustrator and myself, illustrate Mrs Beeton’s marvellous list. Bon appétit and prepare yourself : your picnic basket shall not be empty.

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BILL OF FARE FOR A PICNIC FOR 40 PERSONS
by Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management (1861)

Picnic Illustration
© The Book on the Hill

*guest post by The Book on the Hill
Thanks Charlotte!

3 comments:

  1. Collard calf head? Mmmm...No thanks!

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  2. These illustrations are adorable! As a vegetarian, I will be looking forward to the 6 baskets of salad!!!

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  3. I'll take some cucumbers to make sandwiches.
    ;o)

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