How to Cook the Victorian Way with Mrs Crocombe by English Heritage
I am proud to have been part of developing recipes for a cookery and history book for English Heritage, to tie in with their successful ‘Victorian Way’ videos. The videos were originally made to drive visitors to Audley End House, and to support their aims of public engagement, but have since become a small phenomenon in the UK and America. The cook who features in them, Avis Crocombe, was the genuine cook at the house in 1881, and had been portrayed as a costumed character there since 2008. In 2009, Avis’s great-nephew donated her manuscript cookbook to English Heritage – it’s an incredibly rare survival, not in itself, but because it is fully provenanced. The concept of the book was to, both publish some of her recipes, and to fill in some of the gaps to form a rounded Victorian cookery book, complete with contextualising essays, both for Avis fans, and general history readers.
The recipes were have thoroughly tested and professionally photographed. Ian Sutton and I have had the pleasure of making and adapting these recipes for the modern day cook!