Edinburgh World Heritage - The Practice of Cookery


The Practice of Cookery

Edinburgh has a tradition of cookery schools stretching back to the Georgian period, and continued today with the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School.

In the 1750s Elizabeth Cleland set up a cookery school in her house in the Luckenbooths, which once stood next to St Giles’ Cathedral. Following on was Susanna MacIver, who started her own school in Steven Law’s Close near the Tron Kirk. In 1774 she too brought out a book of her recipes entitled ‘Cookery and Pastry’, which has the distinction today of including the first Scottish printed recipe for haggis.

These writers were followed in the Edwardian period by Miss Florence B.Jack, a passionate campaigner for women’s rights and principal of the Edinburgh School for Cookery and Domestic Economy. She was a prolific writer, but perhaps her best known work is the ‘Good Housekeeping Cookery Book,’ first written by her in 1925 and now regarded by many as the ultimate cooks bible.

The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School follows in this tradition, and offers something for every level of ability. The school spans five floors of their Queen Street base, and offers panoramic views across the Firth of Forth, with a fully equipped teaching kitchen and demonstration theatre.

To find out more visit www.entcs.co.uk


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