Having a hard time deciding what to make for dinner tonight? Why not give your family and guests a proper spread, such as the one shown here? I found this diagram in The Young Housewife’s Counsellor and Friend, by Mrs. Mary Mason (New York: E.J. Hale & Son, 1875). If any of the avid readers of this blog have had “potted partridge,” I’d be curious to hear about it.
I just got a sneak peek at the new Encyclopedia of North Carolina, coming out this November from UNC Press. The book looks fantastic, a ready answer to all Tar Heel questions from A to Z, “Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad” to “Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.” The Encyclopedia, edited by William S. Powell, will combine with his North Carolina Gazetteer and Dictionary of North Carolina Biography to complete a series of reference works that will surely be the envy of any state.