The Art of Cookery - To the Reader
I have indeed given some of my Dishes French Names to distinguish them, because they are known by those Names: And where there is a greater Variety of Dishes and a large Table to to cover, so there must be a large Variety of Names for them; and it matters not whether they be call'd by a French, Dutch or English name, so they are good, and done with as little Expense as the Dish will allow of.
Nor shall I take it upon me to direct a Lady how to set out her Table; for that would be impertinent, and lessening her Judgement in the Oeconomy of her Family. I hope she will here find every Thing necessary for her Cook, and her own Judgement will tell her how they are to be placed. Nor indeed do I think it would be pretty, to set a Lady's Table set out after the Directions of a book.
I shall say no more, only hope my Book will answer the Ends I intend it for; which is to improve the Servants, and save the Ladies a great deal of Trouble.
THE NAMES OF THE SUBSCRIBERS
The Right Hon. the Lady Arundel
Lady Hiriatia Beard
Mrs. Bedford, Broad-street-hill
Mrs Bedford, Chancery Lane
Mrs. Bury,Norfolk Street
Miss Amy Bury
Miss Anne Blount