The ‘A.1’ Cookery Book by Helen H Lawson. Apart for this book being up for sale very cheaply on one site I can find nothing about this lady on the net so don’t know who she was or how she came to write a cookery book.
As you can see its quite an old cookery book – this is the 1946 edition – all words and no pictures; the first edition was published in 1902 and I imagine she was an ‘older’ lady when she got round to revising it for its fifth publication.
The front page suggests it contains ‘everything essential for those who wish to have plain food daintily prepared’ and I can imagine thats what my aunt would aspire to but theres lots included that I think she’d have run a mile from.
Somehow I couldn’t have seen her stewing eels, boiling a calf’s head or foot, plucking and drawing a partridge, pheasant or pigeon. Note on pigeons – Tame pigeons taste better if cooked as soon as possible after they are killed – bet you didn’t know that !.