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Eliza Acton's Modern Cookery for Private Families (Annotated) (Historic Recipe Books Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

S. Hale , Eliza Acton , Dyfed Lloyd Evans
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Eliza Acton's Modern Cookery for Private Families is the classic Victorian cookery book. It is also the first truly modern cookery book that includes a separate listing of recipes and cooking times. This kindle edition based on the 1865 edition of the book includes:
And Introduction and a biography of Eliza Acton by Dyfed Lloyd Evans
Missing recipes from the first edition re-included
Recipes from the American Edition included as a separate chapter
Modern redactions of a selection of the recipes
Glossary of terms
Full illustrations from the original 1865 book
All footnotes

Modern cookery for private families was the first truly modern cookery book and established the template for all the cookery books that followed. This makes this cookery book much more accessible than that of many of her contemporaries. The truth is that Eliza Acton's recipes just work. She is also an author beloved by modern chefs and cooks and many of her recipes have been copied and adapted. Her recipes also formed the base for Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management (many were copied without acknowledgement). This new kindle edition contains all the text of the 1865 edition, with any missing recipes added back from the 1845 edition. Also, the additional text added to the 1845 American edition of the book have been added as a separate chapter. There are modern redactions of a number of Eliza Acton's classic recipes, a new introduction and biography of Eliza Acton and a glossary of terms (particularly of the fruit varieties referred to in the book). The book is fully linked for easy navigation and the original table of contents has been included, with links. This book has been faithfully reproduced from the original and has been hand-edited throughout.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7102 KB
  • Print Length: 853 pages
  • Publisher: Nemeton (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,223 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Dyfed Lloyd Evans was born on the Lŷn Peninsula, North Wales in 1967. Educated as a scientist, in London and Cambridge he has worked in both research and publishing. His interest has always been cookery, countryside and Celtic literature. These interests were brought together in his Celtnet website ( He has been working on ancient Welsh texts and historic cookery books for over 20 years and this research is now being turned into a series of eBooks. His first work, the Guide to Spices and Their Uses was first published in 2008 and is now available as a kindle eBook. He has also published a number of poems, which are anthologiezed as 'Memories of Myth and Man'.

Since 2004 he has been working on the Celtnet Recipes website: where recipes from across the globe and historic recipe books are collected and published. He is also the writer of the blog, Dyfed's Adventures in Publishing:

He is currently working on the final edit of his first novel, Devil's Due, which is due to appear shortly.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat your heart out Mrs Beeton! 28 Jan. 2014
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Great book. Not just as a cookery book, but as an insight into the the food fads and fashions of the period.
Mrs Beeton and others blatant plagiarism was obviously deeply felt by Eliza and having checked she is absolutely right. Recipes and suggestions appear completely unchanged a la Beeton in large numbers.
A lot of the recipes could be simplified for use today.
Great value for money.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good cook book 10 Sept. 2013
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It was a great cook book giving insight to how we cooked in the past, further more frugal food was a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 29 April 2014
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What an excellent book, all those recipies you always wanted all in there, i.e. Potted Achovies, Anchovy butter etc. Well worth reading and wondering what the fuel costs be in the modern age.
5.0 out of 5 stars relevent for today 20 April 2013
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It was so surprising to me that as a modern day homesteader, this book was so on point. For the cook who needs recipes for fresh and in the flesh, meat and dairy and veggies.

This books harkens back to a time when the family cook got feathers, feet, head, and bone with their meat purchases. The dairy was often raw milk, and the veggies were absolutely in season.

Tons of recipes, herbal remedies(use with caution), housekeeping tips,and much more...
Four insight into home keeping of the past, and tips for folks who enjoy history, this is for you. I am so glad I bought it!
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