'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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October 12, 2011

Agnes Jekyll's birthday




I just read a note from Persephone Books that Agnes Jekyll was born 150 years ago today. Her book Kitchen Essays was my first Persephone, and I think it will almost definitely end up on my list of favorite books for this year.  {They shared a link to an interesting article, too.}

I remember reading that she was an early food columnist, in an era  when women did not often write for newspapers, but I was surprised by her birth date (she would have been 60 when she started writing the columns, in 1921 and 1922, that were collected for this book).   That seems unusual, and important, for the times (and inspiring, even for today).



Another book by Agnes Jekyll (the title essay is in the Persephone, I think) is part of the series of Penguin Great Food books {the ones with beautiful covers, that other readers have mentioned}. They're coming out in the U.S. in a couple of weeks, and they're tempting me...

1 comment:

Lisa May said...

This reminds me of Hometown Appetites, a biography of Clementine Paddleford, one of the first women food writers in America - though she focused more on regional specialites, and the book includes some of the recipes she collected.

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