As well as recipes, The Art of Living in Australia contains wide-ranging and often entertaining advice on how to live well. Philip Muskett, a doctor, was appalled by the typical Australian lifestyle, lamenting that “Australia is inhabited by a people largely carnivorous and addicted to tea. Surely not one person in a thousand would advocate such a diet under any circumstances.”
Today’s lifestyle gurus often favour an indulgent, forgiving tone. Self-fulfillment is all. (“Surrender is a self-affirming act of personal responsibility”, to quote Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.com.) Not Philip Muskett. He is a man of clear and uncompromising standards:
Although there may be a certain proportion of people whom the cold bath does not benefit, yet I am fully convinced that the number is comparatively speaking small. A good many make the excuse that they cannot take it, while all the time laziness is the real trouble.