Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management

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  • Edition: Abridged
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-05-18
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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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 common sense. Written by what one might now describe as a Victorian Martha Stewart, the book offers advice on fashion, child-care, animal husbandry, poisons, and the management of servants. To the modern reader expecting stuffy verbosity or heavy moralizing, Beeton's book is a revelation: it explores the foods of Europe and beyond, suggesting new food stuffs and techniques, mixing domestic advice with discussions of science, religion, class, industrialism and gender roles. Alternately frugal and fashionable, anxious and self confident, the book highlights the concerns of the growing Victorian middle-class at a key moment in its history. This abridged edition serves as a cookery book, while documenting a significant aspect of Victorian social and cultural history.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Note on the Textp. xxxi
Select Bibliographyp. xxxiii
A Chronology of Isabella Beetonp. xxxv
Prefacep. 3
the Mistressp. 7
the Housekeeperp. 33
Arrangement and Economy of the Kitchenp. 39
Introduction to Cookeryp. 57
General Directions for Making Soupsp. 68
Recipes*p. 77
the Natural History of Fishes*p. 95
Recipes*p. 102
Sauces, Pickles, Gravies, and Forcemeats: General Remarksp. 118
Recipes*p. 121
Various Modes of Cooking Meat: General Remarksp. 144
General Observations on Quadrupeds*p. 156
Recipes*p. 161
General Observations on the Sheep and Lambp. 173
Recipes*p. 178
General Observations on the Common Hogp. 186
Recipes*p. 191
General Observations on the Calf*p. 200
Recipes*p. 202
General Observations on Birdsp. 210
Recipes*p. 213
General Observations on Game*p. 227
Recipes*p. 232
General Observations on Vegetablesp. 239
Recipes*p. 244
General Observations on Puddings and Pastryp. 257
General Observations on Creams, Jellies, Soufflés, Omelets, and Sweet Dishesp. 281
Recipes*p. 284
General Observations on Preserves, Confectionary, Ices, and Dessert Dishesp. 300
Recipes*p. 306
General Observations on Milk, Butter, Cheese, and Eggs*p. 318
Recipesp. 323
General Observations on Bread, Biscuits, and Cakesp. 331
Recipes*p. 335
General Observations on Beveragesp. 345
Recipes*p. 349
Invalid Cookeryp. 356
Recipes*p. 359
Dinners and Diningp. 363
Domestic Servants*p. 392
the Rearing, Management, and Diseases of Infancy and Childhood*p. 478
the Doctor*p. 522
Legal Memoranda*p. 562
Explanatory Notesp. 575
Indexp. 617
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