The Cookbook Guru
has really picked a brilliant source of social history with
Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management
for review this month. The book was first published in 1861, although it had originally been serialised from 1859 to 1861 in the
Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine
. The magazine, operated by Mrs. Beeton’s husband Samuel, was the first widely circulated periodical aimed at middle class women that did not simply contain tips on fashion or moralizing tales. The magazine contained practical information on any number of topics, including those that would result in the book of household management – economical food production (with costs), proper seasonal menu planning, managing servants, curing common ailments, rearing children, and home legal aid regarding property.
Public Domain Image from Wikipedia of 1st edition
The entries for the original book were compiled by Mrs. Isabella Beeton from various sources (not least Eliza Acton’s 1845 Modern Cookery