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Yes, one of the points made in Judith Flanders' Victorian City is that today, it is more expensive to eat out than to cook in; and in the 19th century it was much the reverse. (Very good book so far.)
Batgrl: Bookish Hooha 6 years ago
Am now totally bumping that book higher on my TBR list, because that sounds exactly like the kind of book I'd love. Which reminds me, I need to go rerank that list in order of importance/desire to read. (Not the mention the TBR list of stuff that I own!)
I just realized we had it; I really, really enjoyed (like, 5 stars) her Inside the Victorian Home.
Batgrl: Bookish Hooha 6 years ago
Oooh, I think I only have the city one on my wishlist - must go make sure I have the home one. After looking at her list of books I'm really interested in A Circle of Sisters too. If any of those go on sale this next month I'll have zero ability to resist, because they all sound good. (For now I'm reminding myself of the 20+ I've just bought.)
I just got Flanders' Invention of Murder for Christmas, as well.
The type of shop where you can buy a full cooked meal to take home is still prevalent in Brussels (and I assume elsewhere in Belgium). I had never heard of such a thing until a local told me what they were.
Batgrl: Bookish Hooha 6 years ago
That's so cool - I was wondering if this was a US thing or not. It didn't used to be something you could find so easily - not the entire meal for many people part anyway, outside of fast food places. It's only become easy to find in the last couple of decades - mainly because a lot of restaurants have realized that people really like this.
I don't think I ever came across it in the USA or Canada and definitely never in the UK.
Portable Magic 6 years ago
We've purchased a whole meal for the last two Christmases - from La Madeleine and from the Honeybaked Ham shops, because of the travelling, etc., that we had to deal with. And for several years we've been picking up a whole smoked turkey from a local smokehouse. It's such a time saver and stress reliever.
Batgrl: Bookish Hooha 6 years ago
Hey, we did Madeleine for Thanksgiving! I love that place. We've used it many years in a row but have decided we should mix it up for Thanksgiving and Christmas now, because it's a bit much for both holidays. (Not that we really mind eating the same things over and over.) I do think their side dishes are better than anyplace else. We had Bill Miller's turkey and cornbread dressing this year - good stuff.
Portable Magic 6 years ago
Thanks for this - I just finished a re-read, and it's interesting to see the different approaches and thoughts to it. I'm off to read your 2012 review!