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Darwin wife's cookbook published

Recipe book
The cookbook features more than 40 recipes

A cookbook based on notes by Charles Darwin's wife is to be published.

Mrs Charles Darwin's Recipe Book features more than 40 dishes from her personal cookery notebook, which is housed in Cambridge University Library.

Turnip cresselly, broiled mushrooms, cheese straws and baked apple pudding all feature in the Victorian notes.

Sales of the book, which is being published by the university, will help fund research into, and the publication of, Mr Darwin's letters.

Adam Perkins, curator of scientific manuscripts at Cambridge University Library, said: "His (Charles Darwin's) theory of evolution by natural selection is one of the most important in the history of science and we are still studying everything he wrote.

"But it's an expensive process and requires skilled people, so continued funding of the project is vital."

Charles Darwin attended Christ's College at Cambridge University between 1828 and 1831.

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