The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook (Oxford World's Classics)

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The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook In The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook(1888), Flora Annie Steel and her co-author Grace Gardiner give practical and highly opinionated advice to young memsahibs in India. Covering all aspects of household management from the duties of servants to recipes, the manual sheds fascinating light on the entire imperial experience. Full description

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Their mission, to create a domestic space that was forever Wiltshire, throws a bright light on the larger project of which they were a part, that of running the British Empire. (Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian)

Steel and Gardiner aimed to do what Mrs Beeton had done for their stay-at-home sisters. (Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian)

Fascinating, immensely detailed... A priceless insight into the mindset and even character of those women out there. (Martin Rubin, Washington Times)

What these women did was to create an authentically unique subculture of their own on that vast, sometimes hostile, subcontinent. (Martin Rubin, Washington Times)

The cream of the crop of the recent historical [cookery] reprints. (Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian)

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Both authors were married to members of the Indian Civil Service and lived and travelled in India with their families for more than two decades. The senior partner, Flora Annie Steel took a strong interest in Indian life, learning to speak, read, and write Punjabi and committed to improving the lives of the local native women. She helped to establish schools and served on the Provincial Education Board. She also wrote stories for children and novels including her best-known novel on the Indian Mutiny,

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