An almost forgotten classic though a founding text of Victorian middle-class identity,Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management is a volume of insight and common sense. Written by what one might now describe as a Victorian Martha Stewart, the book offers advice on fashion, child-care, animal husbandry, poisons, and the management of servants. To the modern reader expecting stuffy verbosity or heavy moralizing, Beeton's book is a revelation: it explores the foods of Europe and beyond, suggesting new food stuffs and techniques, mixing domestic advice with discussions of science, religion, class, industrialism and gender roles. Alternately frugal and fashionable, anxious and self confident, the book highlights the concerns of the growing Victorian middle-class at a key moment in its history. This abridged edition serves as a cookery book, while documenting a significant aspect of Victorian social and cultural history.
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Nicola Humble, Senior Lecturer, Roehampton Institute, London.Review:
`conveys a wonderful insight into Victorian life.' Marguerite Patten, Saga, July 2000
`The book is a great reference for classic British food' Restaurant
'It could well turn out to be the surprise bestseller of 2000,answering as it does the new hunger for real cooking ....[it] exactly captures our longing for a return to the real thing.' Kathryn Hughes, The Observer, 2.1.2000
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Book Description Jonathan Cape Limited, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110224614738
Book Description Jonathan Cape Limited. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0224614738 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0986965
Book Description Jonathan Cape Limited, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0224614738