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Review from previous edition 'The cream of the crop of the recent historical [coookery] reprintsThe Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook aimed to do for memsahibs what Mrs Beeton had done for their stay-at-home sisters...Their mission, to create a domestic space that was forever Wiltshire, throws a bright light on the larger project of which they were part, that of running the British empire.' (Kathryn Hughes, Guardian, 19/6/2010)

'fascinating, immensely detailed...a priceless insight into the mindset and even the character of those women out there,imposing their will and their ways amid the "alien corn" surrounding them.' (Martin Rubin, Washington Times, 4/6/2010)

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'an Indian household can no more be governed peacefully, without dignity and prestige, than an Indian Empire' InThe Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook (1888) Flora Annie Steel and her co-author Grace Gardiner provide practical, and often highly opinionated, advice to young memsahibs in India. They explain how to 'make a hold' over servants, how to establish and stock a storeroom, how to plan a menu, manage young children, treat bites from 'mad, or even doubtful dogs', and teach an Indian cook how to make fish quenelles. The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook promised its reader a comprehensive guide to domesticitiy in India, even if she found herself living in camps or in the jungle, on the hills or in the plains, whether she was the wife of an influential Indian Civil Servant or a missionary. This new edition, complete with its stimulating introduction and substantial notes, makes available a classic domestic work that in detailing the memsahib's role in the household sheds light on the entire imperial experience. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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  • Broché: 400 pages
  • Editeur : OUP Oxford; Édition : Reprint (13 octobre 2011)
  • Collection : Oxford World's Classics
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0199605769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199605767
  • Dimensions du produit: 19,6 x 2,3 x 13 cm
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0 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par smdjc le 8 avril 2012
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J'ai pris connaissance de l'existence de ce livre par une émission de la BBC. Il est arrivé en parfait état et dans les délais.
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Interesting 3 mai 2012
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This is an old, classic book that was a must have "Bible" in its day for young British women who were embarking upon married life in India as it gave a host of practical advice for how to "run house" in 1880s British-India.
So why publish it again over 120 years later? Well apart from being an historical curiosity about how things were done "way back then" it still can impart some practical hints and tips that can be equally valid, perhaps with adaptation, in these more modern times. Society has changed, of course, in the intervening years and this book should not be seen as somehow celebrating the "good old days" but one should equally not rewrite history and just learn from the past and live for the present and future.
The reader is thought to be inexperienced and thus she, as it would be a she who is the target reader, is "instructed" in all matters of managing the house and assigning duties to maids and servants as required. One does not receive gentle encouragement or suggestion but one is effectively instructed on how things are done and how they should be done.
Before one is transported back to Victorian British-India, one receives some context through a long introduction to the authors and life in general as well as a chance to familiarise matters through a comprehensive chronology of events in British-Indian society from around the time the book was originally published. Explanatory notes also provide enhanced context to references that at the time would have ordinarily needed no explanation.
It is fair to say that much of this book would have equally been found in a contemporary general guide for a young woman setting up house for the first time, however it has been specifically written and expanded upon for the differences of expatriate life at the time. A light is shined in British-Indian society with the expectations, prejudices and solutions that were the norm.
This is more than a recipe book - much more as recipes are but a part - and it even gives instructions on how to train one's local staff to make specific British delicacies that the poor natives may never have tried before. The recipes that are presented are typical for their time and are relatively abridged, abrupt and to the point. Yet it might be an interesting exercise to take some of the less common recipes and maybe bring them back into today's usage. Naturally some classic favourites never die, even if they have been changed by generations of cooks.
If you are happy that this is not just a cookbook or a specific introduction to British-Indian food, and retain an open mind to past historical events and such information, this will be a thrilling little book that will undoubtedly have you exclaiming and reading extracts aloud to nearby companions! A highly recommended little tome.
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A view to the past 27 avril 2013
Par Dee Henriss - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It's a great look into the mindset of Victorian Colonialism from the point of view of middle class women. Well worth exploring.
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Gives one a very good idea about what a housekeeper needed to know about ... 2 mars 2015
Par princeazariah - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Very readable book. Gives one a very good idea about what a housekeeper needed to know about India a hundred years ago
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Arrogance Personified 10 octobre 2014
Par Tourvel - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As an English woman I knew this book would disturb me, and it did. In this day and age this book is a dinosaur of racism and condescension that does not fail to make one realize with what utter contempt the average newly arrived Raj woman was encouraged to view the 'natives' of India who were to slave in homes of the Colonials. No opportunity is missed to belittle, bully or humiliate. The reader is encouraged to even devise suitable punishments for servants who defy them - from wage cuts to the infliction of castor oil.

I was sickened by the writers arrogance and lack of human understanding. Nothing about Indian life, food or culture escaped their waspish harping and no chance to praise the superior quality of everything English, from food to people, was shied away from. The writers proclaim Indian food tasteless (!!!) whilst proffering a recipe for boiled sheep's head instead.

I am quite sure that many an Indian servant blessed the day their 'memsahibs' cleared off back to 'dear old England'.
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