The pictures, some in color, some in black and white, were drawn and painted so beautifully and the names of most of the recipes were completely intriguing and foreign to me. Things like Lark Pudding, Jugged Hare or Tipsy Cake were beyond my imagination. In the chapter entitled Invalid Cookery there is a recipe for Baked or Stewed Calf's Foot. Isn't that just what a sick person craves? Calf's Foot. I will quote a passage from another chapter about serving dinner: "Too often it is the custom to invite just as many people as we can set at our tables, in many cases more than our servants can wait upon." Isn't that quaint??
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. Mrs. Isabella Beeton died at the age of 28 and it's truly amazing her accomplishments considering the age in which she lived.
The entire book of Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management is available to view on line at: http://www.mrsbeeton.com/ I think Mrs. Beeton would whole heartily approve of these little inventions called the computer and the Internet for making our lives more efficient