Item #CAT000810 The Food of the Irish (in The Dublin University Magazine February, 1854). William Wilde.
The Food of the Irish (in The Dublin University Magazine February, 1854)
The Food of the Irish (in The Dublin University Magazine February, 1854)

The Food of the Irish (in The Dublin University Magazine February, 1854)

1854.

First Edition. Hardcover (Half Leather). Very Good Condition. Item #CAT000810

Original half leather over marbled boards, old University Library bookplate inside front cover. Contains January-June of 1854. WIlde's essay leads off the February issue and is pages 127-146.

"When kitchened with “point” [i.e. seasoned], mollified with milk, or softened by a drop of the crature’, the like of the potato will never again be found for ‘rent-paying, pig-feeding, love-making, child-breeding, faction-fighting, and country-dancing properties". WIlde (father of Oscar) was a polymath - a doctor, census taker, folklorist and social commentator. He represents, as does this essay, a conundrum. He sympathized with the Irish peasantry, could see many of their troubles with clarity, collected huge amounts of medical data on their suffering, yet supported the insupportable English response to the famine. Even this essay filled with admiring prose for the people and culture, essentially blames the starving masses for their problems - a lack of imagination, culinary ingenuity, stupid reliance on the bounty of the potato etc, etc. Though, while suggesting that the Irish have little imagination or knowledge gastronomically, he does mention an impressive number of ways that potato is served. He even comes to the, to call it paternalistic is to do an injustice to the concept of paternalism, conclusion that " ‘Irish agriculture has been greatly benefited by the famine." An essay filled with interesting dietary anecdotes, fine prose, insane conclusions, erudite observations and condescending digressions. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Inventory No: CAT000810.

Price: $350.00

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