This section is from the book "The Steward's Handbook And Guide To Party Catering", by Jessup Whitehead. Also available from Amazon: Larousse Gastronomique.
"Nothing is more curious and interesting- in that remarkable discovery lately made by Mr. Flinders Petrie in the loneliest and dreariest corner of the north-eastern Delta, where he has actually unearthed 'Pharaoh's house in Tahpanhes,' of which we read in Jer. xliii, than the perfect condition in which the kitchen and Servants' offices have been found. The kitchen, which was in use nearly three thousand years ago, is a large room with recesses in the thickness of the walls, which served for dressers. Here some fourteen large jars and two large flat dishes were found by Mr. Petrie standing in their places, unharmed amid the general destruction, as they may have stood when the fugitive daughters of Zedekiah, then a dethroned and mutilated captive in Babylon, were brought to Pharaoh's palace in Tahpanhes by Johanan, the son of Kareah, followed by ' all the captains of the forces' and ' the remnant of Judah.' A pair of stone corn-rubbers, a large iron knife, various weights, and three small flat iron-pokers - or possibly spits - were also found in the kitchen. The butler's pantry was, of course, the room to which wine jars were brought from the cellars to be opened.
It contained no amphora;, but hundreds of jar lids and plaster amphorae-stoppers, some stamped with the royal ovals of Psammetichus, and some with those of Necho, his successor. Here also was found a pot of resin. The empty amphorae, with quantities of other pottery, mostly broken, were piled in a kind of rubbish depot close by. Some of these amphora; have the lute-shaped hieroglyph signifying nefer (good) scrawled three times in ink upon the side, which, not to speak it profanely, may probably indicate some kind of ' XXX' for Pharaoh's consumption. Most curious of all, however, is the small apartment evidently sacred to the scullery maid. It contains a recess with a sink; a built bench to stand things upon; and recesses in the wall by way of shelves, in which to place what had been washed up. The sink is formed of a large jar with the bottom knocked out, and filled with broken potsherds placed on edge. The water ran through this and thence into more broken pots below, placed one in another, all bottomless, going down to the clean sand some four to five feet below.
The potsherds in this sink were covered with organic matter and clogged with fish-bones. In some of the chambers of the palace there have been found large quantities of early Greek vases, ranging from 550 B. c. to 600 B. C. This discovery of the palace of Pharaoh in Tahpanhes is by far the most interesting yet made in connection with the Egypt Exploration Fund".