Everybody’s Pudding Book; or, Puddings, Tarts, Etc., in their Proper Season, For All the Year Round, 1862, 1887: Lovely, small (4 1/4″ wide by 6 1/2″ high) cookbook “by the Author of the ‘Gourmet’s Guide to Rabbit Cooking.'” Originally published in 1862 by Richard Bentley & Son, London, Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen. This copy (Tenth Thousand) is from the 1887 printing. 185 pages. Linen-covered hard boards. Cover has shelf wear, especially at the edges. Hand stitched binding is holding and is in good condition. Hinges are exposed and then mended with now-yellow tape. The tape has fallen off the front hinge, and the paper has been stained. The first few pages and the back fly leaf have modest foxing. The rest of the pages are clear and clean, with the exception of one of the blank last pages. That page has an delicious sounding, handwritten recipe for lemon curd.
An interesting feature of this cookbook is its chronological arrangement. That is, the author assigns recipes to a month of the year. So, for example, March has almond pudding, rolled budding, rhubarb pudding, and more. May has green apricot tart, old-fashioned puddings, green currant pudding, and more. The author (her actual name was Georgina Hill) begins each month’s chapter with a short, lyrical explanation for her selections.