The frontispiece to 'The Queen's Royal Cookery' shows a portrait of Queen Anne, and illustrations of cooks busily turning spits, cooking up puddings, kneeding pastry dough and preparing medical brews
The title page lists the array of recipes that will appear in the book.
About The Queen's Royal Cookery
The Queen's Royal Cookery, by T. Hall, was first published in 1709. As well as a wide variety of basic culinary recipes, the book contains instructions for preserves, candies, cosmetics and 'beautifying waters.' It is one of a number of books claiming to reveal the secrets of the royal kitchens, a highly fashionable subject during the 17th and 18th centuries. Queen Anne, who reigned from 1702-1714, was a rich source of gossip, and the public seemed to have an endless fascination for any information gleaned from beyond the palace walls.
The production of art and literature prospered during the reign of Queen Anne. Throughout this period booksellers churned out popular recipe books, fully aware of the commercial viability of recipes linked to prestigious chefs. Unfortunately many of the books were thrown together by money-making charlatans who had simply filched their material from existing publications. Forty of T. Hall's recipes were taken directly from The Closet of the Eminently Learned Sir Kenelm Digby (1669).