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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » November 5th, 2017, 12:57 pm

Cakes & Ale, A Dissertation on Banquets Interspersed with Various Recipes, More or Less Original, and anecdotes, mainly veracious by Edward Spenser (1844 - 1910).


This project is now complete. All audio files can be found on our catalog page: https://librivox.org/cakes-ale-by-edward-spenser/

A long time ago, an estimable lady fell at the feet of an habitual publisher, and prayed unto him:—

“Give, oh! give me the subject of a book for which the world has a need, and I will write it for you.”

“Are you an author, madam?” asked the publisher, motioning his visitor to a seat.

“No, sir,” was the proud reply, “I am a poet.”

“Ah!” said the great man. “I am afraid there is no immediate worldly need of a poet. If you could only write a good cookery book, now! ... What I want,” said the publisher, “is a series of essays on food, a few anecdotes of stirring adventure—you have a fine flow of imagination, I understand—and a few useful, but uncommon recipes. But plenty of plums in the book, my dear sir, plenty of plums.”

“But, suppose my own supply of plums should not hold out, what am I to do?”

“What do you do—what does the cook do, when the plums for her pudding run short? Get some more; the Museum, my dear sir, the great storehouse of national literature, is free to all whose character is above the normal standard. When your memory and imagination fail, try the British Museum. You know what is a mightier factor than both sword and pen? Precisely so. And remember that in replenishing your store from the works of those who have gone before, you are only following in their footsteps. I only bar Sydney Smith and Charles Lamb. Let me have the script by Christmas—d’you smoke?—mind the step—good morning.”

In this way, gentle reader, were the trenches dug, the saps laid for the attack of the great work. (from the Preface)
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Post by DrPGould » November 5th, 2017, 5:37 pm

Mary Ann:

This looks like great fun! (And just in time for the Thanksgiving culinary planning season). May I please claim sections 0-2?

Many thanks,

Philip

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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » November 5th, 2017, 6:13 pm

Right you are Philip. Thanks for kicking us off!

MaryAnn

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Post by BettyB » November 5th, 2017, 9:06 pm

May I claim 16 and 17.
(you knew I would come didn't you) :clap: :clap:

Betty

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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » November 5th, 2017, 9:11 pm

Glad to have you on the case Betty! There's another volume by the same author, focusing on drinks, working its way through distributed proofreaders, so there will be more to come if this one goes well.

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Post by DrPGould » November 5th, 2017, 9:56 pm

Mary Ann--

Just double checking....the Breakfast Chapters include 1-3. So those are included in the first two sections in the MW. (Not a problem--just want to be sure not to read over someone else's section.)

Many thanks,

Philip

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Post by bweston23 » November 6th, 2017, 7:17 am

For now I'll take 10-12

Are we reading the list of topics that comes at the beginning of each chapter?

Thanks!

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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » November 6th, 2017, 10:52 am

DrPGould wrote:Mary Ann--

Just double checking....the Breakfast Chapters include 1-3. So those are included in the first two sections in the MW. (Not a problem--just want to be sure not to read over someone else's section.)

Many thanks,

Philip
Philip,
Thanks for catching that before we got too far. I've added the missing breakfast section and assigned it to you. Betty's numbers will change - I'll PM her to make sure she sees that before she records.
MaryAnn

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Post by DrPGould » November 6th, 2017, 10:55 am

No problem. I'll finish marking up the text and dust off the mike. :)

Many thanks,

Philip
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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » November 6th, 2017, 10:56 am

bweston23 wrote:For now I'll take 10-12

Are we reading the list of topics that comes at the beginning of each chapter?

Thanks!

Brandon
Thanks Brandon, and thanks for suggesting this book!

I've had to insert a missing chapter for Breakfast, so I adjusted your claim numbers to give you the Curries and Salads you requested.

Please do NOT read the list of topics at the beginning of the chapter.

MaryAnn

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Post by bweston23 » November 6th, 2017, 11:20 am

MaryAnnSpiegel wrote:
bweston23 wrote:For now I'll take 10-12

Are we reading the list of topics that comes at the beginning of each chapter?

Thanks!

Brandon
Thanks Brandon, and thanks for suggesting this book!

I've had to insert a missing chapter for Breakfast, so I adjusted your claim numbers to give you the Curries and Salads you requested.

Please do NOT read the list of topics at the beginning of the chapter.

MaryAnn
Thanks MaryAnn!
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." -Marcel Proust

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Post by DrPGould » November 7th, 2017, 11:52 am

Mary Ann:

Here is the link to the Preface. Running time is 8:08.

https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/cakes_00_spenser_128kb.mp3

Many thanks,

Philip

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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » November 7th, 2017, 1:31 pm

Thanks Philip,
And we'll move over to readers wanted . . .
MaryAnn

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Post by DrPGould » November 11th, 2017, 5:02 pm

Mary Ann:

Here is the link for Section 1. Running time is 13:26.

https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/cakes_01_spenser_128kb.mp3

Many thanks,

Philip

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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » November 11th, 2017, 6:12 pm

Thanks Philip!

Love your signature!

MaryAnn

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