Exhibition: Cooking The Books

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Special Collections Gallery, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3AA

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On the menu for our Summer Exhibition are starters of acorn bread and viper broth; main courses of ragooed larks and venison pasty; and desserts that quake. There are showstoppers by Joseph Bell, Royal Confectioner, and the truth behind the blackbirds baked into a pie. Some curious items include the designs for a pressure cooker from 1681; the first printed recipe for the potato crisp; and a miniature cookbook containing over 800 pages of pies, jellies and puddings. There are cautionary tales too. The sad demise of the lady who ate poisonous pickles is recounted by Fredrick Accum, and Launcelot Sturgeon, Esquire, considers the consequences of an irresistible sauce.

The Gallery is open:

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 10am – 5pm

Thursdays 10am – 7pm

Saturdays 10am – 4pm.

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