Waiter, There’s a Hare in my Soup!

I hesitated before writing this post, as I used to have two pet rabbits and I have never, nor would I, ever eat rabbit. It’s just not in my comfort zone at all.

Rabbit

Rabbit

Nevertheless, in reading through a lot of vintage and antique cookbooks, I came to the realization that the poor rabbit of yesteryear was frequently featured in cookbooks. Rabbit or hare (there are some differences), or the French “Lapin”, no matter what you call them, have been broiled, stewed, fricasseed, roasted, curried and filleted. Not to mention fried, jellied, baked, pot-pied and made into pudding and soup.

Hare

Hare

It doesn’t end there: the poor creatures have been French-stewed, boiled, skewered, smothered and surprised (Rabbits Surprised is a recipe I found in The Imperial and Royal Cook, by Frederick Nutt, published in 1809)

Rolled and stuffed like a sausage, made into salmagundy, there is nothing that hasn’t been done by some enterprising cook in cooking a rabbit (which makes me cringe). But a note of hope here for all the rabbits out there: Welsh rabbits may be safe from the evils of the kitchen, if they don’t get smothered with cheese.

The Welsh Rabbit

The Welsh Rabbit

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About vintagecookbookery

Cookbook lover and collector with a burgeoning collection of cookbooks. Reading and researching food trends, history of cooking techniques and technological advances in cooking, what we eat and why and cookbooks as reflectors of cultures is a fascination for me. As of November 7th, 2013, I hold the current Guinness World Record title for the largest collection of cookbooks: 2,970 at the official count on July 14th, 2013 (applaud now, thank you very much!) The current (unofficial) number is now 6,124. What next? More shelves!
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2 Responses to Waiter, There’s a Hare in my Soup!

  1. Thanks for your comment, however, I’d rather have them as pets! Just my opinion

  2. Rabbit is a delicious and nutritious ingredient that shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s a lean, tasty protein that can add to many dishes.

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