Friday, January 25, 2013
The author of the book that I read, which was not Mrs. Beeton's book but was all about the phenomenon of her book, claims that the actual young Mrs. Beeton could barely cook herself and that most of her recipes were directly lifted from other cookbooks in publication at that time. Apparently, it was the authority with which the young author spoke that made her seem like such an expert. She recommended that all vegetables be boiled for an hour and Mrs. Hughes believes that that advice taught generations of women how to overcook vegetables leading to the reputation that English food is terrible! This book was fascinating reading to me because it concentrated on the details of how these people lived their everyday lives during the time of Queen Victoria. The other interesting thing is that Mrs. Beeton never knew how popular she was to become because her book really took off twenty years after she died! This young woman was just trying to help her husband to have a book to publish and to make money for the family and her name became a legend!
The Goebbels Diaries 1939-1941 translated and edited by Fred Taylor and published in 1982. This book is also a published journal, this one written by Joseph Goebbels who was Hitler's Minister For Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. This guy, Goebbels, took his own life imitating his good buddy Hitler, after poisoning his six children. He set aside a part of each day to write in his diary throughout his life, and then carefully hid the lot of them in a woodland before his death. They were found and have been published. The Forward by the editor states that these diaries carefully track the focus of the Seizure of Power while Hitler was taking over the State, the Universities and professions, the trade unions and the youth movements. Larry found it fascinating and finished all 454 pages.
He just started a 1000 page book on WWII but I won't feature it until he finishes it. Through reading, he is educating himself to become an expert on the Second World War like he already is on The Civil War. Those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it! It makes me so happy to see him reading such difficult stuff and I am very pleased about the good example this sets for the kids.