Stuff the diet!
Biscuits and cakes, recipes and cooking
The New Year resolution to go on a diet - stuff that! Have a slice of cake, or try a couple of biscuits. Or both. Go on, try one of these four - they all link to larger images and a bite of history. And there are collection descriptions as well, and selected links to more websites.
Photos copyright © The University of Manchester, The John Rylands University Library; YMCA England (Birmingham University); and Glasgow Caledonian University Archives.
- Edward Kidder (1665 or 1666-1739): a London schoolmaster's recipes.
- Elenor Mundy (fl. 1728): includes recipes for puddings, pies, cakes, preserves, wines and cordials.
- Dorothy Mary Leak (1903-1989): notes and newscuttings of recipes.
- Blanche Leigh (fl. 1939): the Lady Mayoress of Leeds owned a significant collection of cookery books.
- Maude Mary Whittaker (died 1984): recipes for confectionery, bread, and cakes compiled in 1914.
- MacFie family: sugar refiners, of Greenock and Liverpool.
- James Marshall (Glasgow) Ltd: semolina manufacturers, of Glasgow.
- Alexander King (Wishaw) Ltd: North Lanarkshire jam manufacturers
- East Kent Packers Ltd.: founded in 1944, by 1970 had become the largest fruit-growers' co-operative in the world.
- Raspberries: the raspberry industry in Scotland.
- Glasgow School of Cookery: established in 1875
- Cadbury Brothers: manufacturer of drinking chocolate and cocoa from the 1830s.
- Huntley & Palmers: biscuit manufacturers; Joseph Huntley established a biscuit bakery in Reading in 1822.
- Creamola Food Products Ltd: desserts manufacturer founded in Glasgow in 1904.
- Scottish Union of Bakers and Confectioners: established in 1888.
- Huntley & Palmers Collection: including their highly-prized biscuit tins (Reading Museum)
- Cadbury World: visitor attraction (Bournville, Birmingham)
- Biscuit Making in 1928: Macfarlane Lang's biscuit factory (BBC 'Scotland on Film' website) [film clip requires free RealPlayer software]
- Eating History: Just Desserts: looking at British cookery (Great British Kitchen website)
- NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown: website selected for preservation as an invaluable cultural resource by the UK Web Archiving Consortium.
- British Sugarcraft Guild: promoting the art of cake decorating
- Worshipful Company of Bakers: founded in London in medieval times
- Fairtrade: making sure the producers of cocoa and chocolate, sugar and confectionery in developing countries get a fair deal
- 5-A-Day: it's a good idea to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables as well of course!
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