Revealed: the recipes that fuelled Charles Darwin

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A cookbook containing recipes created by Charles Darwin's wife has been published, offering a fascinating insight into the food that fuelled the mind of the great naturalist.

The book, which contains guides to making such Victorian favourites as broiled mushrooms and Penally Pudding, is being marketed as the perfect resource for those planning a "credit crunch Christmas".

Traditionally festive recipes include baked apple pudding, cranberry sauce and compote of apples and Italian cream.

The book, which is based on Emma Darwin's original notebook, also contains instructions for cooking rice written by Darwin himself.

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

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