As promised, I’m going to begin work in the next few months on book number two. I only have one problem: I’m torn between two different topics and can’t decide which to do first. This is where you come in–you all get to vote on which topic you prefer, and that’s the one I’ll write about!
For this, I would pull in different books Markham wrote (along with a little bit from English Housewife) to learn about 17th century gardening practices. Since I’ll be in an apartment in Florida (and possibly an apartment in New York City as well) over the next few years, this book would be a chance to adapt the gardening strategies he uses (what/when to plant, soil amendment, etc.) to small-scale plots and container gardens, and adapt them to different climates as well.
For this option, I would go through and make desserts from English Housewife, and compile what I find (along with some historical information, of course) into a book. Ideally, I’d like to recreate every recipe, although time will tell how well that will work (if my fruit paste experiment of a few years ago is any indication, I may not be able to do all of them!) Unlike Markham, I would plan on dividing the desserts up into at least a few sections so people could find what they want more easily.
So there you go! Both ideas are still in the early stages, but I think both topics sound like a lot of fun, and I might add things (like illustrations) as I go through them too. So, go vote and tell me what you think!