anonymous asked:

I see a lot of feminists parroting "women should all be feminists because they owe it to the feminists of the past". Considering most of them are total shitlibs, I wonder how they'd feel if someone said "black people should all be republicans because they owe it to Mr. Lincoln, the founder of the party and their liberator"


Victorian Cookbooks, Ranked

My current (and unlikely to endure) hobby is reading Victorian cookbooks, because they are hilariously outdated and contain recipes that require you to quarter raisins or boil moss. As such, I feel I am expert enough to score them in three fields: Utter Weirdness, Edibility, and Readability.

  • Mrs Lincoln’s Boston Cook Book. Long on pseudoscience and short on sanity, this is the book you want if you feel like making moss jellies or scraping out calf-skulls. You’ll learn about the constituents of meat (albumen and ozmazome is mostly what she talks about), how to arrange a sick room (no medicine bottles should be visible and you can’t whisper), and how to clarify coffee with a raw egg (I still don’t get how this works). On the plus side, she adds sherry and fistfuls of spices to just about anything, which is my cooking philosophy as well. She also has a clear, facile way with words and isn’t afraid to get into detail on some of the more obscure methods, so even though I don’t understand how to clarify coffee, I know so much more otherwise. Mrs. Lincoln comes off as a kindly, wise old lady who’s fond of fortified wine, and I can really get behind that. UW: 8.5/10 | E: 7/10 (too many raw eggs for me) | R: 10/10
  • The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book. Written by the unfortunately named Fannie Farmer, this book is responsible for our standardized system of cups and teaspoons, so yay! On the downside, Ms. Farmer is much less fun than Mrs. Lincoln: instead of careening boozily around the kitchen dismembering chickens and peeling tongues, she stands, knife coldly in hand, informing us of the best way to clean an oyster. It’s less exciting but more scientifically accurate. Despite its detachment and insistence on correct measures, there is at least 75% less moss and Fannie really really likes making desserts (so many desserts). UW: 2/10 (she still mentions ozmazome WHICH IS NOT A THING) | E: 9/10 | R: 9/10
  • Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management. Published in 1861, this is older than the other two and even battier. The Victorians were extremely fond of quoting things, and Isabella Beeton does. Oh, how she does. Even when it isn’t relevant to cooking at all. In accordance with the name, the book also concerns hiring servants, cleaning, sending out invitations, and the correct manner of seating people at dinner. (Get it wrong, and she’ll personally show up at your house and rap your knuckles.) This is all useful if you want to throw an authentic party, but otherwise you can skip that part. Fortunately, the food is more than interesting enough to make up for that. Ever wanted to know how to get cream out of milk (put it in a shallow dish in a cool place) or who should eat fresh bread (nobody)? Mrs. Beeton can tell you! And, you guys, she has so many recipes for sweet things, and a lot of them involve brandy and Madeira. So despite the overall sniffy and prescriptive tone, the book is actually kinda fun. UW: 10/10 | E: 8/10 because she layers everything with sugar | R: 9/10

Mrs. Lincoln or Sarafine? 

I made this gifset because I was just wondering who exactly is going to be Sarafine, after she leaves Mrs. Lincoln’s body… If they don’t change the story, they’ll have to cut Emma Thompson on the next movies, and I don’t like this idea, she’s an extraordinay actress! Tho I also don’t like when they change the story, so I’m in this situantion… both?