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Mrs Beeton's Household Management (Wordsworth Reference) [Paperback]

Isabella Beeton
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10 Oct 2006 Wordsworth Reference

A classic of domestic literature, Isabella Beeton's Book of Household Management is both an entertaining curiosity and an important social document, providing an invaluable insight into the day-to-day workings of a Victorian household. Encyclopaedic in its range, the book contains 2,751 entries covering (besides its countless recipes) advice on childbirth, fashion, home remedies, animal husbandry and the management of servants, and even dealing with the sensitive subjects of violence, cruelty, illness and death, and contentious issues still current, such as factory farming.

Born in 1836, the eldest of twenty-one children, Isabella's upbringing was far from conventional and she was never the stately matron of our imaginings. She was already a working journalist when at the age of twenty-one she began to write her epic work in the form of magazine supplements; these were published in the famous single volume of 1861. When she died at only twenty-eight her book had already met with phenomenal success and to this day it remains legendary the world over.

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  • Paperback: 1112 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New edition edition (10 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840222689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840222685
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Beetons household book 30 July 2009
This is a very interesting book and a trip down to how life was downstairs. Many of the receipes unusual but also many very traditional and as a child experienced them myself. A Great book well worth a read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gift 30 Dec 2013
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I bought this for myself and ended up giving it to my mum as a gift as she was browsing the pages and was thrilled to see a lot of her mums recipes, and hints and tips for the household from years gone by. Great gift for a pensioner but would recommend the full size version at around 33 second hand as it is easier to read. The writing on this *mini* version is tiny
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and sometimes funny 3 Aug 2010
It's interesting to explore all the areas which a victorian household must master according to Mrs Beeton. Some things are more of a curiosity nowadays but others come in handy today too. The recipes are surprisingly accurate in their measurements. All in all it's a pleasure to read this book from time to time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars L-O-V-E Mrs Beeton's 29 Aug 2013
By Yaveli
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This is a lovely book and the most classic of all household books. For me, you don't have a good collection of household books without this one! It is more than full of good hints, traditional recipes and home economy tips all to put to good use or reference when marvelling at the things women used to have to do...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Beeton 2 April 2013
By slov
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I have been watching about Mrs Beeton was interested in getting her book, I like to read this book its interesting some of the recipes. would recommend this book to anyone interested in Mrs Beeton
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great 18 Mar 2013
By Maryliz
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This book was bought as a gift, the recipient found it most interesting and amused to see the changes made in household management over the years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted 4 Feb 2013
By ann
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I have been looking for this book for years, I find I have a curiosity of haw thing were managed years ago. I took the isbn. code of a book in a shop and found it 3. cheaper on amazon.
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