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    The recipes that 'fuelled' Charles Darwin!

    London (PTI): Want to know the "intellectually stimulating" dishes which stirred the mind of Charles Darwin? Go and grab a copy of the cookbook containing recipes created by the great naturalist's wife.

    The book, which is based on Emma Darwin's original notebook, contains instructions for cooking rice written by Darwin himself and guides to making Victorian favourites like broiled mushrooms and Penally Pudding.

    Traditionally festive recipes include baked apple pudding, cranberry sauce and compote of apples and Italian cream, 'The Daily Telegraph' reported.

    Food authors Dusha Bateson and Weslie Janeway compiled the book recreating and testing all the 55 recipes after being given access to archives at Cambridge University where Darwin studied at Christ's College between 1828 and 1831.

    Bateson said they wanted to ensure that the contribution made by Mrs Darwin to her husband's career was fairly represented amid a large amount of material being released for the bicentenary of his birth in 2009.

    "Emma was a very underestimated lady. She was no Delia Smith, and didn't even particularly like cooking, but had to feed Darwin, seven children and 12 servants. The book shows the methodical approach she had to collecting the recipes she used," the co-author was quoted as saying.

    According to Bateson, the collection in 'Mrs Charles Darwin's Recipe Book' stood in marked contrast to the more glamorous approach of today's celebrity chefs.

    "It's good, family cooking designed to feed a large household. Darwin had a lot of illnesses, and I think there's a lot of evidence that suggests he wouldn't have survived without Emma being there to prop him up and keep him going," she said.

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