Mrs Beetons Book of Household Management: Abridged edition

Paperback | July 12, 2008

byIsabella BeetonEditorNicola Humble

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'As with the commander of an army, or the leader of any enterprise, so it is with the mistress of a house.' A founding text of Victorian middle-class identity, Household Management is today one of the great unread classics. Over a thousand pages long, and written when its author was only 22, it offered highly authoritative advice on subjects as diverse as fashion, child-care, animal husbandry, poisons,and the management of servants. To the modern reader expecting stuffy moralizing and watery vegetables, Beeton's book is a revelation: it ranges widely across the foods of Europe and beyond, actively embracing new food stuffs and techniques, mixing domestic advice with discussions of science,religion, class, industrialism and gender roles. Alternately fashionable and frugal, anxious and blusteringly self-confident, Household Management highlights the concerns of the ever-expanding Victorian middle-class at a key moment in its history. The abridged edition does justice to its high status as a cookery book, while also suggesting ways of approaching this massive, hybrid text as a significant document of social and cultural history.

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'As with the commander of an army, or the leader of any enterprise, so it is with the mistress of a house.' A founding text of Victorian middle-class identity, Household Management is today one of the great unread classics. Over a thousand pages long, and written when its author was only 22, it offered highly authoritative advice on ...

Nicola Humble, Senior Lecturer, Roehampton Institute, London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.73 inPublished:July 12, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199536333

ISBN - 13:9780199536337

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'It could well turn out to be the surprise bestseller of 2000,answering as it does the new hunger for real cooking ....[it] exactly captures our longing for a return to the real thing.' Kathryn Hughes, The Observer, 2.1.2000