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English Taste
A spread for a special occasion in a typical 1760s English country home.  Photo by Joel Luks
English Taste
Macaroni and Cheese was one of Mrs. Raffald's must-haves for a high-end dinner.  Photo by Joel Luks
English Taste
Game meats were often cooked with heads on, pheasants with feathers. Photo by Joel Luks
English Taste
Baked apples sprinkled with sugar would sparkle like frost.  Photo by Joel Luks
Elizabeth Raffald
Mrs. Elizabeth Raffald was the inspiration behind "English Taste: The Art of Dining in the Eighteenth Century."
William Cripps, Epergne, 1754, silver. The Rienzi Collection, museum purchase with funds provided by the Rienzi Society
William Cripps, Epergne, 1754, silver.
The Rienzi Collection, museum purchase with funds provided by the Rienzi Society
Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Elizabeth Raffald, diagram for the placement of dishes for a dinner’s second course, from The Experienced English Housekeeper.
Elizabeth Raffald, diagram for the placement of dishes for a dinner’s second course, from The Experienced English Housekeeper. Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston