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Encyclopedia > Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management

Published in 1861, Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management was a guide to all aspects of running a household in Victorian Britain. Its 2751 entries include tips on how to deal with servants' pay and children's health, and above all a wealth of cooking advice, instructions and recipes. It was an immediate bestseller, running to millions of copies within just a few years. 1861 is a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Queen Victoria (shown here on the morning of her Accession to the Throne, 20 June 1837) gave her name to the historic era The Victorian Era of Great Britain is considered the height of the British industrial revolution and the apex of the British Empire. ... Servant has a number of meaning: A servant is another word for domestic worker, a person who is hired to provide regular household or other duties, and receives compensation. ... Cooking is the act of preparing food for consumption. ...


Perhaps surprisingly, author Isabella Beeton was just 21 years old when she started working on the book, and she died before she was thirty. Mrs Beeton aged about 26 Isabella Mary Mayson (March 12, 1836 - January 1865), universally known as Mrs Beeton, was the author of Mrs Beetons Book of Household Management and is the most famous cookery writer in British history. ...


The book gives a charming and historically significant insight into Victorian domestic management. Although its entries have little practical relevance today the name "Mrs Beeton" still has iconic status in Britain: most people recognize it and know its connotations, although very few have actually come into contact with the book itself. One of Isabella Beeton's most famous pronouncements, "first catch your hare", in a recipe for jugged hare, is widely known and quoted. A recipe is a set of instructions that show how to prepare or make something, especially a culinary dish. ... Species Many, see text Hares and jackrabbits belong to family Leporidae, and mostly in genus Lepus. ...


Today's superstar chefs (especially Delia Smith) might be seen as the direct descendents of Mrs Beeton, who saw as they did the need to provide reassuring advice on culinary matters for the British middle classes, the Industrial Revolution having sealed the demise of traditional rural cooking skills. Delia Smith (born June 18, 1941 in Woking, Surrey) is a British television chef, known for her interest in food and teaching basic cookery. ... The middle class (or middle classes) comprises a social group once defined by exception as an intermediate social class between the nobility and the peasantry. ... The Industrial Revolution was the major technological, socioeconomic and cultural change in the late 18th and early 19th century resulting from the replacement of an economy based on manual labor to one dominated by industry and machine manufacture. ...


Its preface begins "I must frankly own, that if I had known, beforehand, that this book would have cost me the labour which it has, I should never have been courageous enough to commence it. 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 have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife's badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways."


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