TO THE READER
I believe I have attempted a branch of Cookery which nobody has yet thought worth their while to write upon: but as I have both seen and found, by experience, that the generality of servants are greatly wanting in that point, therefore I have taken upon me to instruct them in the best manner I am capable; and, I dare say, that every servant who can but read will be capable of making a tolerable good cook, and those who have the least notion of Cookery cannot miss of being very good ones.
If I have not wrote in the high polite style, I hope, I shall be forgiven ; for my intention is to instruct the lower sort, and therefore must treat them in their own way. For example: when I bid them lard a fowl, if I should bid them lard with large lardoons, they would not know what I meant; but when I say, they must lard with little pieces of bacon, they know what I mean. So, in many other things in Cookery,the great cooks have such a high way of expressing