Quotes from The Virago Book of Food: The Joy of Eating
MARY RUSSELL MITFORD
1787 - 1855
Novelist and dramatist Mary Russell Mitford was the daughter of an extravagant and ultimately impecunious doctor in Alresford, Hampshire, and an early admirer of Jane Austen's novels. Here she describes her nurse's wedding to a local farmer.
'Such a dinner...Fish from the great pond, Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, Boiled fowls, and a Gammon of bacon, a Green Goose, and a Suckling pig, plumb puddings, apple pies and custards, followed by home brewed beer and home made wines, by syllabub, by wedding cake. Everybody ate enough for four, and there were four times more than would possibly be eaten.'
A Wedding Banquet in Ypot by Albert Fourie