Feeding a family on a limited budget is always a challenge. Yet even with a budget as low as ten shillings (50p) a week in the early part of the twentieth century, it is remarkable how interesting and varied the menu could be.
This delightful book draws on recipes compiled by Doris’s mother in Derbyshire and mother-in-law in Cumberland, and contains detailed records of weekly expenditure.
It includes numerous recipes for nutritious and filling meals for working men and growing families, taking full advantage of what was available – hearty meat dishes, with lots of root vegetables, puddings and dumplings to fill them out, cakes and buns, sweets and jams, and beverages to go with them (some highly alcoholic!). The recipes work just as well now as then.
It is also full of household and cleaning hints and products, illustrating immense pride in the home, as well as medicines, lotions and potions that would ‘kill or cure’.
Tuppenny Rice and Treacle, which still has resonance today, is illustrated with many contemporary photographs, and line drawings by George Coates, the author’s husband. It is one of a series of social and local histories written by the author and published by The Harpsden Press.
This wouldn’t be my normal type of read but there was just something about the sound of it that really appealed to me. The recipes for one!
Even though we may be in a different century, a lot of families still need to budget what they spend on food which can still affect the types of meals and food they eat. For that reason alone I wanted to see what sort of meals would be eaten back then and how cost affective it would be in today’s modern world.
The book itself is packed full of information, pictures, recipes, not just for meals either. There are plenty of recipes for deserts, cakes, biscuits, sweets, wines, cleaning aids as well as health remedies. It really is a mind of information and I sat and devoured each page. I think so much of it would still work well in today’s age.
Tuppeny Rice & Treacle is a book that can be read and enjoyed for a wide age range. The cooking is something that will bring family members together of which is something I always enjoyed doing with my parents and my children enjoyed doing with myself and my husband. It will certainly bring back memories for the older generation. This is so much more than a housekeeping book, it is a delicious and interesting look into history.
My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for a copy of the book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
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About the authors:
Born in Eyam in the Peak District of Derbyshire, Doris E. Coates achieved a successful and varied career as a teacher in both Derbyshire and later in Norfolk. Along with her husband George, she was an active member of her community promoting local groups, enjoyed singing in the local choir and, after retirement, turned her talents to writing. Her son, Richard Coates, now based in Bath enjoyed a happy childhood and grew up appreciating the importance of a strong education. After gaining a scholarship at Oxford University he went on to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Later as a management consultant he worked for international companies including Audi, British Airways and Mars in both the UK and oversees and continues to sit on the board of Davos Consultancy. Now retired, and in memory of his mother, Richard has decided to republish her books with fascinating new additions after researching further into his family history.