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Strathbogie, the Gordons and the ‘Land o’Cakes’. The Story of The Huntly Cookery Book (1913By Janet Starkey. Cover design by Clare Blois

Its Book Launch was successfully held at the Huntly Hairst on 2 September and included a talk at the Brander Library, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland during that event. It is selling fast!

£17.50 (excl. shipping); £21 (incl. shipping UK); £26.90 (incl. shipping Europe); £31.50 (incl. shipping Rest of the World). It will also be available to purchase via Amazon as from 20 September 2017.

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Paperback with Flaps pp. 348. Full colour with many illustrations. Glossary of Scottish terms. Indexes



ISBN 978-1-907115-31-8

An exploration of the long culinary history of North-East oScotland through the prism of a booklet of surprisingly cosmopolitan recipes, The Huntly Cookery Book produced in 1913 to raise funds for the Huntly Town Band just before First World War broke out. Though the second part includes these recipes with a modern commentary, the first part of the book provides a multistranded account of the social history of Strathbogie, the traditional name for Huntly, as it embraces notions of hospitality, hamewith and identity; hierarchies of landed gentry, the kirk, tenant farmers — community and kinship; entertainments, aeroplanes and suffragists. It is one of those books you just can't put down: ideal as much to read as to dip into and reconnoitre! 

Janet Starkey, a socio-cultural anthropologist, has many family connections with Huntly and the surrounding countryside. These can be traced at least back to the 1690s and continue to the present so she returns to explore her family heritage through this new publication. Currently living in the Scottish Borders, she lectures on the Middle East and has published many books and articles on that region. Her latest book, The Scottish Enlightenment Abroad: the Russells of Braidshaw in Aleppo and the Coromandel, is currently in press with Brill in Leiden. 

Clare Blois, a member of Janet’s extended family and a great cook, is an award-winning Scottish oil painter based in Beauly. The powerful island seascapes and skies of the Highlands are enduring themes in her oil paintings, as are the gentler farm landscapes of the north. Clare exhibits in many well-established galleries in Scotland and elsewhere. www.clareblois.co.uk/

Did your (Great) Granny contribute a recipe? Check out Strathbogie Donors

See also additional sub-pages on this website nearby with information about ingredients used in Huntly in 1913 and about those who contributed receipes in 1913 as well as about tradesmen and farmers in Huntly in 1913


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