Mrs Beeton's Household Book: An Entertaining Glimpse of Upstairs & Downstairs Life in the Victorian Home

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9780297844600: Mrs Beeton's Household Book: An Entertaining Glimpse of Upstairs & Downstairs Life in the Victorian Home

Providing a social history of household life in Mrs. Beeton's time, this guide offers advice to the mistress of the house who needed to be a combination of Dr. Spock, Delia Smith, Martha Stewart, Florence Nightingale, an army general, and an accountant. Covering every aspect of running a Victorian household, Mrs. Beeton provided recipes as well as advice on managing servants, childcare, etiquette, looking after invalids, and even dealing with the tax man. But it is the glimpse into life in Victorian times which is the most fascinating part of her original book and which is reproduced here together with informative commentary from Kay Fairfax and many of the original illustrations. Whether you are looking for her advice on how to make the home the center of entertainment and family life (the Victorian housewife's main mission in life), or seeking instruction on how to promote the growth of hair, apply leeches, or make book polish; what to wear for breakfast; or what Mrs. Beeton's views are on the rearing and management of children and the care of invalids; you will find it in this highly readable book.

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Isabella Mary Beeton was born in London in 1836, where she grew up in a household of 21 children. It took her four years to compile her masterwork, publishing Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management in 1861. Kay Fairfax is the author of Edible Gifts and The Tranquil Garden.

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`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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