Beeton’s every-day cookery and housekeeping book: a practical and useful guide for all mistresses and servants by Mrs. (Isabella Mary) Beeton
Call Number: 641.62 B41.1a vault
Publication Date: 1890
Gift of Ann Pixley.
The original version of Isabella Beeton’s celebrated work, published in 1861, was entitled Book of Household Management, comprising information for the Mistress, Housekeeper, Cook, Kitchen-Maid, Butler, Footman, Coachman … (etc.) with a history of the origin, properties, and uses of all things connected with home life and comfort. Though the book was directed at women running a household and men in domestic service, much of the material it contained had its genesis in her columns for the women’s periodical edited by her husband Samuel Orchart Beeton, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine. In addition to over 1400 clear and detailed recipes, the lack of which had frustrated her greatly in her own home cooking, the book includes much advice on the management of a household, on keeping accounts, overseeing servants, and dealing with medical and legal issues. Only four years after the book’s first appearance, Mrs. Beeton died of puerperal fever, but her book and magazine writings were published and republished continuously, appearing anew even as recently as 2005.