The Lady’s Country Companion, written in 1845 by Mrs. Loudon, is a wonderful resource for those who seek to enjoy country life to the fullest.
This wonderful book is a delightful compendium of information that may improve upon the joy of anyone, but especially those fortunate enough to have a bit of land in the country. Mrs. Loudon is well known for her many gardening books, and her expertise shines through again as she walks even the most novice gardener through every step of laying out both flower gardens and kitchen gardens. Did you know, dear reader, that the geometrical flower gardens that we so admire in images of the grand English estates, can easily be re-created with nothing more tedious than a stake and piece of string? Mrs. Loudon explains exactly how, and even details the best herbs and flowers to select.
While one would never refer to this as a cookbook, there are many excellent receipts enclosed, most suitable and enjoyable for country living. The instructions for the making of wines, ciders, and perry, I found most usefully illustrated, and very instructive. I hope soon to have opportunity of following Mrs. Loudon’s directions for the brewing of Perry, now that some of the excellent pear varieties are more readily accessible.