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William Shakespeare Cookbook

tastelessfruit Jul 26, 2006 01:46 AM

decades ago i made a 'cottage cheese omellet' from this cookbook and i would love to have the recipe. does anyone happen to have this book? theres a chance it may have been called or had the subtitle 'the elizabethan cookbook'

  1. Kitchen Queen Jul 26, 2006 06:06 AM

    WOW!! I'd love a copy too!!!

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    1. re: Kitchen Queen
      tastelessfruit Jul 28, 2006 10:17 PM

      oddly when i search for this thread i find nothing. just reposting to see what happens............

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        Kitchen Queen Jul 29, 2006 12:54 AM

        Well, was this the name of the cookbook or was it a cookbook w/Will's sonnets? Do you remember anything about it?

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          tastelessfruit Jul 29, 2006 03:08 AM

          it was a cookbook of dishes eaten in elizabethan times. ive searched everywhere for it and had NO luck whatsoever.

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      bruce Jul 29, 2006 03:24 AM

      Well, I found a listing for "Shakespeare Plain & Fancy: A Renaissance Cookbook" by one Judith Ackley on Amazon.com. Printed in 1980 w/ unknown binding, but no copies available. My usual sources (Bookfinder.com, ABEBooks.com, and Alibris) didn't show results. :( There's a book store in Manhattan that specializes in old cookbooks -- I heard about it on NPR. Does anyone know if it? I suppose they might have a copy.... It sounds fun.

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      1. re: bruce
        Non Cognomina Jul 29, 2006 08:32 AM

        Kitchen Arts and Letters is a bookstore dedicated to cooking books. They have helped me find a few out of print books, but be prepared to pay for them! Don't know if this is the one bruce heard about on NPR.

        Also try Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon.


        Kitchen Arts and Letters
        1435 Lexington Avenue
        New York, New York 10128
        Tel: (212) 876-5550

      2. yayadave Jul 29, 2006 03:51 PM

        Amazon also shows "Shakespeare's Kitchen: Renaissance Recipes for the Contemporary Cook" (Hardcover). But it seems to be too recent to meet the OP's info. "decades ago"

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          Sherri Jul 29, 2006 04:32 PM

          Bonnie Slotnick used to work for Nach Waxman, owner of Kitchen Arts & Letters, heading the "Book Search" dept. and now runs her own cookbook search business in the Village. Google "Bonnie Slotnick" and her website bonnieslotnick.com comes up. You'll have better luck if you phone her rather than using the internet. She's a gem and if anyone can find what you're looking for, Bonnie can.

          Good Luck!

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          1. re: Sherri
            Non Cognomina Jul 29, 2006 07:20 PM

            Awesome tip, Sherri. Thanks!

          2. Kitchen Queen Jul 30, 2006 07:03 AM

            This is great. I will have an easier road to finding my own copy. :) KQ

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              Kuisine Jul 30, 2006 07:08 PM

              Might it have been this one?

              Cooking with Shakespeare: A bard's eye view of goodly cookery created for contemporary epicures (Unknown Binding)

              (1989 by Bravo! Books)

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              1. re: Kuisine
                tastelessfruit Jul 30, 2006 11:23 PM

                see, its just like i said...very difficult to locate it. i was in a friends private library( he's now passed) when i copied the recipe and i would have to say it was the early 80's. i'm quite sure they were called 'cottage cheese pancakes' which would be a good way to know if you had the right book. (yes i made a mistake! not omelet as i originally posted) THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR SHOWING INTEREST. i too love a good search!

                1. re: tastelessfruit
                  tastelessfruit May 30, 2007 08:09 AM

                  GOOD NEWS for all who showed an interest in this topic-i have at last tracked down not only the recipe but the book itself. which i must say is an extraordinary read and infinitelty interesting. the name is: Dining With William Shakespeare by Madge Corwin, Atheneum Books 1976.

                  should you be unable to secure a copy here is the recipe for "Curd Fritters"
                  2 cups cottage cheese
                  8 egg yolks
                  1/2 cup all purpose flour
                  s&p to taste
                  lightly mix yolks/combine with cheese/lightly fold flour
                  and thats it! cook slowly on something heavy like cast iron and serve with sprinkled sugar.

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                skidaway Jun 5, 2007 05:17 PM

                Did you ever find this cookbook? I, too, remeber it and the great egg dish. My extraordinary brother used to make thse little omellets for me and my friends whenever we visited him in SF. A nice memory!

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                  bbc Jun 5, 2007 10:38 PM

                  Wow, funny. This post is a year old, and thanks to your success in finding your recipe, I rediscovered one of my old cookbooks, the "Cooking with Shakespeare" mentioned above (by Annette Francisc & Paula Hober). No cottage cheese pancakes, but definitely a lot of fun recipes to make!!

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                  Judymike Aug 27, 2007 09:23 PM

                  Hi--I wrote the book Shakespeare Plain and Fancy--didn't know there was still interest in it. A year ago I donated remaining copies to the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. It's a self-published paperback cookbook and I have a few personal copies left.

                  1. alkapal Nov 9, 2007 07:31 AM

                    for future reference, a thread for "Old cookbook lovers" that has a wonderful link to very old cookbooks:

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