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Victorian Meals & Menus

Victorian magazines helped the Victorian housewife or housekeeper plan the family meals, from lavish dinners to menus that could be prepared from limited resources. Here, find out how to plan your dinner parties for the month, host a tea party, and even serve "monochrome meals"!


MEALS & MENUS

Dainty Dishes for Summer's Last Evenings, by Lucy Helen Yates (GOP 1901)
Salads, jellied meats, and fruit tarts.
Dinners for Two, by Phillis Browne (GOP 1887)
24 menus for couples. (Extra points for anyone who knows what "potiron" is!)
Housekeeping in May (GOP 1900)
How to decorate the table, and prepare several dishes appropriate for spring.
Monochrome Meals, by Marie P. Green (GOP 1900)
Preparing a Yellow Breakfast and a Green Luncheon.
One Portion (GOP 1893)
Tips on creating meals for smaller households.

ENTERTAINING & SPECIAL OCCASIONS

An Amateur Dinner (GOP 1900)
Great if your idea of "amateur" is "Escalopes de Veau aux Epinards"!
An Afternoon Wedding, by Mary Pocock (GOP 1898)
Includes several recipes and a gorgeous full-color print of a wedding party.
The Bride's First Dinner Party, by Phillis Browne (GOP 1887)
In addition to recipes and how to handle the party, this article includes some basic costs for the meal.
Madge Vaughan's First Dinner Party, by C.E.C. Weigall (GOP 1891)
An outline of how to host a party, with a variety of recipes.
A Menu for a Bicycle Picnic, by Amy S. Woods (GOP 1897)
Try this selection of sandwiches, puddings and fruit on your next outing!
My "At Home" and How I Managed It (GOP 1885)
Includes a number of recipes for entertaining.
"That Luncheon!" A Young Housekeeper's Dilemma (GOP 1899)
A cookery lesson thinly disguised as a story.
Wedding "At Homes" for People of Small Incomes, by C.E.C. Weigall (GOP 1891)
Includes a number of lovely recipes.

MENUS FOR FAMILIES OF LIMITED MEANS

Cookery for the Poor, by Phillis Browne (GOP 1883)
Food for People with Limited Incomes, by Phillis Browne (GOP 1882)
How to Provide Food for Small Families, by Phillis Browne (GOP 1883)
Sixty Pounds Per Annum, and How I Live Upon It (GOP 1888)
This "young gentlewoman" did much of her cooking over a spirit lamp, so her recipes are both inexpensive and easy to prepare.

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Magazine Abbreviations:
CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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