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 . The Book of Household Management. By. Mrs. Isabella Beeton. Volume 1. Published by the Ex-classics Project, Public Domain. The Book of Household Management. Comprising Information for the. Mistress, Housekeeper, Cook, Kitchen-maid, Butler, Footman, Coachman, Valet, Upper.

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The Vicar of Wakefield. I also appreciated the information on the payment of servants and the various bits and bobs about isabell downstairs staff as well. Beeton’s Book of Household Management Title page. The first editions after her death contained an obituary notice, but this was removed from later editions, allowing readers to imagine that every word was written by an experienced Mrs Beeton personally.

When in doubt I reach for Mrs Beeton.

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Thank goodness for modern conveniences and lower standards! I find the cookery section invaluable. I thoroughly enjoyed this tome no other description will do. Aug 16, Vicki rated it it was amazing Shelves: Beeton wasn’t even that old when she wrote this book, which is her most well known. What moved me, in the first instance, to attempt a work like this, was the discomfort and suffering which I had seen brought upon men and women by household mismanagement.

I could not be without it and cannot recommend it highly enough. Really, it is an interesting super-quick read and one to keep referring to for the recipes, to contrast with today’s versions. Her book contains hints and tips based on her own experience as the eldest of 21 and mother of 4 sadly 2 died.


The Book of Household Management

The work is both traditional ‘First isabelal your hare’ and modern all at the same time; the book was written in response to rapidly changing social mechanics, a new breed of people was becoming mainstream, neither obscenely rich nor destitute. I just read that Beeton started writing this book when she was 21 and then died, after completing it, when she was I work in a hotel industry and downloaded this book out of curiosity to see how houses were managed in the past.

Refresh and try again. The Los Angeles Times. You LIVE houseold books…. You aren’t getting badly scanned photos or spotty p I’m not adding a date to when I “finished” this book, because I haven’t read it cover to cover, and who knows if I ever will? I gave it up, having listened to about half, because it is extremely long.

Some of the recipes sound quite doable, and other seem quite alarming. Then, I should rise early, before the servants, to set an example and get the household affairs underway.

Mrs B vs War and Peace. The Story of a Vanished Literature. Mrs Beeton has been described as “the grandmother of modern domestic goddesses”, like Nigella Lawson househild Delia Smithwho saw, as Beeton did, the need to provide reassuring advice on culinary matters for the British middle classes. I’d like to invest my tuppence in your bank, sir. Makes us thankful to be here and now. You are just a character. At times the book leaves a faint taste of admonition, but nevertheless, I would heartily recommend this book to cookbook collectors and lovers of history, alike.

That hoisehold that — that — Me: It had currants in it. Oxford University Press, This has little to do with the book at hand, Mrs. That for Househhold pudding a suet pudding with a plethora of raisins was given by the Baroness de Tessier, who lived at Epsom.


Beeton did not cook much, and compiled her recipes untested. Download plain text version 3Mb Read Mrs.


There are also some really interesting sections on how to manage your servants hah! However, Mrs Beeton made it plain that the mistress of the house was not expected to dirty her hands. An immediate success, it has long been regarded as the quintessence of Msnagement cookery.

Managemnet helps you keep track of books you want to read. Retrieved from ” https: London and New York: As with the commander of an army, or the leader of any enterprise, so it is with the mistress of a house.

To the modern reader expecting stuffy verbosity or heavy moralizing, Beeton’s book is a revelation: Independently of its invigorating influence on the constitution, porter exerts a marked and specific effect on the secretion of milk; more powerful in exciting an abundant supply of that fluid than any other article within the range of the physician’s art; and, in cases of deficient quantity, is the most certain, speedy, and the healthiest means that can be employed to insure a quick and abundant flow.

Lists with This Book. Diagram of a slave ship.