A Glasse Half Full

All she did was write the most popular British cookbook of the 18th century, and it led her into poverty, debtor’s prison, bankruptcy, and the selling off of her most valuable possession, the copyright for The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy, first published in 1747, with 20 editions to come. She rebounded with books on household management and The Compleat Confectionar. But no one would know Hannah Glasse’s true name until 1938, after a historian’s careful sleuthing, nearly 200 years after Glasse first created her receipts, as they were known then. Her simple pseudonym: A Lady.

What will you discover if you delve into Glasse’s masterwork now? You can, because facsimile’s have been printed by various publishers. You will find, in addition to wonderful recipes:

A certain cure for the bite of a mad dog.

LET the patient be blooded at the arm nine or ten ounces. Take the of the herb, called in Latin, lichen cinereus tareſtis ; in English, aſh coloued ground liver-wort, cleaned, dried, and powdered, half an ounce. Of black pepper powdered, two drams. Mix theſe well together, and divide the powder into four doſes, one of which muſt be taken every morning faſting, and four mornings ſuxxeſſively, in half a pint of cow’s milk warm. After theſe four doſes are taken, the patient muſt go into the cold bath, or a cold ſpring or river every morning faſting for a month. He muſt be dipt all over, but not to ſtay in (with his head above water) longer than half a minutee, if the water be very cold. After this he muſt go in three times a week for a fortnight longer.

The Art of Cookery

Read more of Glasse’s work at Celtnet: http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/glasse-medicines-repellents-22.php#dogs

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