The Complete Servant (Southover Historic Cookery and Housekeeping) review ☆ 3

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The Complete Servant (Southover Historic Cookery and Housekeeping) review ☆ 3 Ã First published 1825 A fascinating source of social history and a guide to backstairs living in both large and modest houses of the late Georgian era Advice to employers and their servants from an ex butler and an ex housekRom an ex butler and an ex housekeeper dealing not only with the kitchen but also with the house stables and garden and with an unusual section on menservants' duties over a period when litt. When I was working on my own Jane Austen fanfic which focused on the Pemberley servants this book was recommended as a primary source for my research It was written circa 1825 by a husband and wife who were the highest ranking servants in their household They wrote it as a practical guide for people seeking work as servants Each chapter describes the different positions and the jobs reuired in each The introduction with general advice was especially useful for me but my favorite part was the stillroom chapter which included recipes for homemade cosmetics and perfumes And most of all after reading this book I began to see the presence of servants much clearly in the Jane Austen books I'd loved and read for so long

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Le is known about them 30 categories of servants' duties are discussed and also the duties of employers toward them; these last are surprisingly humane and tolerant Introduction by Pamela Ho. Published in 1825 this is a fascinating book written by a couple who had been in service for many years which describes the duties and salaries of all different grades of servants of both sexes THe book opens with a helpful guide to how many servants you could expect to employ depending on your income At the lowest end of the scale a widow or other unmarried lady with £100 a year could employ a young maid servant at a salary from 5 to 10 Guineas a year a Gentleman and Lady without children and £150 to £180 could afford a better serving maid at from 12 to 14 Guineas WIth £300 and two or three children you could afford two maid servants at £500 a year you could have three females and a boy Viz A Cook House Maid and Nursery Maid with a Boy as Groom and to assist in the House and Garden A Gardener occasionally and so on through the levels until you come to £4000 to £5000 when you could afford Eleven female and thirteen Male Servants viz A Housekeeper Cook Lady's Maid Nurse two House Maids Laundry Maid Still RoomMaid Nursery Maid Kitchen Maid and Scullion with Butler Valet House Steward Coachman Two Grooms one Assistant Ditto two Footmen three Gardeners and a Labourer THe book has chapters on all the different types of servants and their duties with helpful tips about recipe how to clean things cooking etc It is interesting for instance to read about roasting meat at this date still being done on a spit in front of the fire rather than in an oven Large joints should be kept a good distance from the fire at first and gradually brought nearer and nearer; the average distance for a large joint at a good fire may be about ten or twelve inches an inch or two or less according to circumstances great care should be taken in spitting the meat that the prime part of the joint be not injured to balance it on the spot cook holds and loaded skewers are very handy The section on The Man Cook is particularly amusingit is not uite clear whether the Adamses approve of the species or not He is generally a foreigner or if an Englishman possesses a peculiar tact in manufacturing many fashionable foreign delicacies or of introducing certain seasonings and flavours in his dishes which render them inviting to the palate of his employer than those produced by the simple healthful modes of modern English Cooks This is a delightful book for anyone who wants to know what domestic life was like 200 years ago

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The Complete Servant Southover Historic Cookery and HousekeepingFirst published 1825 A fascinating source of social history and a guide to backstairs living in both large and modest houses of the late Georgian era Advice to employers and their servants f. This was an absolutely amazing book for research Not only are the descriptions of the various roles for servants by people who actually worked in service incredibly valuable but there are also recipes not only for the cook but also for the still room sick room etc I found it fascinating how many things there were listed in the recipes that I hadn't heard of and how many of them are known to be poisonous or toxic today I love it when I can find a book that fills in the gaps of my knowledge on the GeorgianRegency period and this book definitely did thatI will note though that I bought a printed copy of this on before I saw that Google Play books has it for free Wish I would have gone that route as then I could have zoomed in My copy had rather difficult to read text particularly the recipes which were printed in smaller font