Her name is Elizabeth Raffald and as a Mancunian who has lived here for most of my 60 years I am amazed that I have never come across her before. That there isn't more recognition of her work in the city is a disgrace, but it's one I hope to amend and at least inform other people about the extent of her achievements in Manchester..
In the process of finding out more about her I have visited Manchester Central library, Chethams Library, the Portico library, the People's History Museum, and met some very helpful people, some of whom knew of her, many who didn't, but I have found one place that still has her name in use, The Market Restaurant, on High St, in Manchester's Northern Quarter.
It was another interesting day on the trail of
Manchester's first female cookbook author, Elizabeth Raffald. I only
intended to pop into Central Library to get some prints but I stumbled upon
information which led me to the Market restaurant on
The best part of my visit though, was standing in the upstairs room of the restaurant, a room called, wait for it, The Elizabeth Raffald Room! It had been called that by the previous owner and Gary kept the name. It is a delightful room and Gary told me that it would have been there in the time of Elizabeth herself, only known as the King Richard lll - how exciting! To stand in a room, named after her, and know there was a slim chance that she had stood there too!
When I mentioned to Gary my idea for a Raffald menu supper to go with the talk I am preparing, he was in favour straightaway, so watch this space! Gary himself has written a book including the recipes of Elizabeth Raffald, Hannah Glasse and another Manchester contemporary, Mrs Burke. His book is available on Blurb books, it's called the Market Restaurant Cookbook.Next time I'll give a taste of some of the things she achieved. It's a long list.
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