So this new book has wonderful recipes that represent conversations in many of Jane's books! There is a lot of interesting trivia which is very fun! Recipes are for foods seen in Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, etc. I was reading it out loud on the way home in the car and my husband and I got a real eye opener about how spoiled we are with all our present day kitchen's modern conveniences.
I have to tell you that I read that Mrs. Bates (from the book and movie "Emma") was so poor she had to "borrow" the use of a neighbor's stove during the night as the ambers cooled in the kitchen and it was not in use by the neighbor. That really showed me how awful her circumstance was, yet she never complained. I'd say I have a new appreciation for my stove!
"Indeed, I would rather have nothing but tea." Jane Austen
And lastly - a friend left a lovely gift on my front porch - a box of dried hydrangeas. I put them in a wire basket next to the fireplace area.