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Animal lovers, relax--"Spotted Dog" is a kind of pudding, not a dalmatian. It is also the favorite pudding of Jack Aubrey, the fictional creation of writer Patrick O'Brian. Aubrey's adventures as an officer of the British Navy--and those of his friend and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin--during the tumultuous years of the Napoleonic Wars have been masterfully detailed in O'Brian's many novels; now Anne Chotzinoff Grossman and her daughter, Lisa Grossman, take readers on a culinary adventure through the kitchens and cuisine of the early 19th century.
Since food figures prominently in O'Brian's novels, his fans will already be familiar with such names as Skillygalee, Drowned Baby, Soused Hog's Face, and Jam Roly-Poly, but they may wonder exactly what those dishes are. Lobscouse and Spotted Dog makes it all clear: Skillygalee, for example, is oatmeal gruel, while Drowned Baby is similar to Spotted Dog, only without the currants and eggs. And Spotted Dog is...? You'll find the recipe in the Grossmans' book, along with excerpts from the Aubrey/Maturin novels and many other authentic 19th-century dishes to test your sense of adventure, your culinary prowess, and possibly your waistline. Lobscouse and Spotted Dog is more than a cookbook--it's a window into the past, an inspired piece of culinary detective work, and a delightful gastronomic companion to the novels of Patrick O'Brian. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"I urge people to read this admirable book, the fruit of prolonged research combined with even longer periods of first-hand practice..."
(Patrick O'Brian) "...a handsome and witty culinary companion with cholesterol and archaic terminology." -- Reviews
A thoroughly readable cookbook, as well as a useful appendix to a great series of novels. -- San Jose Mercury News
Fantastic resource! Has more or less all of the meals mentioned in the series, as well as explanations on how to properly make true english puddings, various kinds of pie, and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Willardee
Read all ot the O'Brian series at least twice. Was amazed that someone researched the recipes mentioned. Capt. Aubrey and Dr. Maturin were early foodies. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2012 by Swill Bill, ship's cook of HMS Royal George
When I started reading the Patrick O'Brian novels I spent a lot of time wondering what Captain Jack and the crew were eating. Drowned Baby? Spotted Dog? Read morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by Amazon Customer
I discovered this book in England, appropriately enough, and read it like a novel...not something that's easy to do with cookbooks! Read morePublished on March 2 2000 by Espoo Famagusta
If you want to spend that much on ingredients and put in that much work, you could do a lot better with another cookbook. The O'Brian tie-ins were quotes from the O'Brian books. Read morePublished on May 10 1999