Quotation by Isabella Beeton

First, catch your hare.
Isabella Beeton (1836–1865), British writer on domestic science. Attributed.

This famously difficult first stage of a recipe does not appear in Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management (1859-1860), and was already proverbial when the work was published. A similar phrase, "Take your hare when it is cased [skinned] ...," formed part of a recipe in The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy (1747) by Hannah Glasse.
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