Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management (Oxford World's Classics)

by Isabella Beeton

Other authorsNicola Humble (Editor)
Paperback, 2000


Call number

Culinary Literature -- BEE

Call number

Culinary Literature -- BEE


Oxford University Press, USA (2000), Edition: Abridged, Paperback, 672 pages


Originally published as twenty-four newspaper columns from 1859 to 1861, Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management is many things, but it is first and foremost a guide to managing a household during the nineteenth century. Beeton wrote, "As with the commander of an army, or the leader of any enterprise, so is it with the mistress of a house." Running an extravagant household was a monumental task and a responsibility not to be taken lightly. It meant supervising every employee, from the butler to the laundry-maid to the footman and the wet nurse. It meant managing the safety, happiness, comfort, and well-being of the family. In addition to offering advice on a wide range of domestic topics, this abridged edition of Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management contains hundreds of original recipes. A compendium of practical information about everything from animal husbandry to child care, this Victorian classic is both fascinating and still useful. Sarah A. Chrisman, author of Victorian Secrets and This Victorian Life provides the foreword, reflecting on how she uses Mrs. Beeton's advice on a daily basis.… (more)


Physical description

672 p.; 7.72 inches
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