In honor of her 310th birthday today, let's shine a spotlight on Hannah Glasse, author of one of the most popular cookbooks of the 18th Century, The Art of Cookery.
Hannah Glasse was born March 28th, 1708 in London and published her first book, The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy, anonymously in 1747. While she struggled financially all throughout her life, she was able to produce two other titles The Servants Directory and The Compleat Confectioner before her passing in 1770. While neither publication was as popular as Glasse's first text, The Art of Cookery was so popular it was was reprinted numerous times from 1708 til 1843. A great example of this is our copy, which was not published until 1789--nineteen years after Glasse's passing! In honor of Hannah Glasse's birthday, perhaps you can try one of her delicious recipes!
In the above recipes, you can try your hand at making some delicious Pancakes, either normal or fine.
As we are all New-Englanders here, what fun would it be to take a chance and try Mrs. Glasse's recipe for some Choweder (or as she calls "Chouder a Sea-dish"). If you make it, please let us know how it tastes!
In the back of the book, there is also a small chapter on the production of Perfumes, which may be a fun experiment for a different day.
Nevertheless, take a moment to remember one of the mothers of eighteenth century cooking on her birthday, Mrs. Hannah Glasse.