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Eggs (Pamphlet)

Volume 486: debated on Monday 9 April 1951

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42.

asked the Minister of Food for what purpose the 3d. pamphlet "Egg Cookery" was issued by his Department; how many copies have been printed; and what are the sales to date.

To make available to those who want it advice on egg cookery; 25,000 copies were printed. About 9,000 copies have been sold since the booklet was published less than three weeks ago.

Is the Minister aware that this pamphlet tells housewives how to boil an egg, contains recipes which bear no relation to present day rations, and includes such sparkling phrases as:

"… it takes care to move preserved eggs from one house to another with the minimum of breakages"?
Is he also aware that the pamphlet says:
"Duck eggs should not be preserved by any means"
in contrast to Ministry of Agriculture leaflet No. 32 which gives instructions on how to preserve duck eggs? Does not this kind of publication bring the Ministry of Food into contempt?

—and if no reference had been made to the boiling of eggs the "Evening Standard" would have complained about the booklet being incomplete.