Those of you who have been following Victorian cooking for some time probably already know about Fannie Farmer. At the turn of the last century, Fannie worked as the head of a Boston cooking school. She authored an enormously popular cookbook and helped to standardize recipes and cooking practices.
A truly remarkable woman.
Back in 2010, the founder of Cook’s Illustrated (who happens to live in Boston), decided to install a period stove in his home and host a Victorian feast using authentic recipes and techniques. NPR did a story on the process. You can listen to it here.
Netflix had the documentary of the meal and my children thought it was amazing! They’re ready to install a wood-burning stove! Ha!
Here’s an excerpt. Enjoy!