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Beeton's Book of Household Management (Southover historic cookery & housekeeping series) (Southover Press Historic Cookery & Housekeeping) Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Jan 1996


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  • Hardcover: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Southover Press; Facsimile of 1861 ed edition (1 Jan. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187096215X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870962155
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 11.8 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,098,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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100 of 102 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Sept. 2000
If you are interested in Mrs Beeton, this is the only book to buy. To read her words in the original form they were written is a revelation. She is a much wittier stylist than many people imagine. The book has beautiful llustrations of everything from patty-pans and jelly-moulds to pigs and cows, and stunning colour plates which transport you to the joys of the Victorian table. This is a much better but than the abridged Oxford classics edition, which leaves a lot out, and doesn't have plates. Oh, and the recipes are brilliant too.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Freespirit TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2007
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This is an absolute gem of a book whether you are studying social history or just have an interest in lifestyles and cookery from the 19th century. It covers everything from running a household, etiquette to cookery and home medicines. (I do not recommend trying the latter as times have moved on - but make an interesting read) The pictures are superb and the recipies are a challenge but good fun to try. The household management section is a real eyeopener for historians and interested people alike. This book would make a fabulous christmas present for any 'lady/gentleman of the house' or aspiring cooks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CyberGnome on 30 Aug. 2010
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Bought this as a present, if you like cooking and social commentary/ history its a good buy.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Its here since 1861!!! 26 May 2007
By Rodolfo Tarelli - Published on Amazon.com
The original edition of this book was owned by my grandmother and when I saw it here at Amazon.com I could no resist the temptation of owning it. True to its name this book is no only a cookbook but a household management manual.

The book describes in minute detail the role each household member must play for everything to work as it should. Chapters include;

The mistress

The housekeeper

Arrangement and economy of the kitchen

Domestic servants

Rearing of children and diseases of infancy and childhood

The doctor

Legal memoranda

Of course, the brunt of the book (pages 117 to 905)is composed of recipes of every kind from making preserves to soups, game, puddings, sweet dishes, beverages, breads, cakes, biscuits.

This book is an excellent companion from beginners to experts. It really captures the way people cooked during the 1860s.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A classic! 29 May 2009
By Angie2 - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a reprint of the original "housekeeping" book written in the 1800's by the famous home economist Mrs. Beeton. I say "famous" because Mrs. Beeton is quoted often in various history books.

Personally, I see this book more as a history book, rather than as a regular modern cookbook or modern household management book, because this book was written over 100 years ago and therefore, all the information has to be digested with this in mind. It's a FUN read!

I bought this book because I had been reading many history books about the Victorian period, and so I wanted to learn more about how the housewives from 100 years ago managed their homes. (Keep in mind that Mrs. Beeton wrote this book for the middle-class and/or upper middle class housewife. This book was also written for the Victorian maid or staff cook).

This book is quoted in so many history books concerning the Victorian housewife. Therefore, it's so wonderful to read the actual book, written exactly as Mrs. Beeton chose to present it, with her information valid during the Victorian period in history.

This book has so much information, from the trivial to the important. For example, Mrs. Beeton expands immensely on how to set a Victorian dinner table---from what utensils to use in setting the table, to what foods to prepare according to various menus, and then from that point, she elaborates on what choice in conversation a "proper lady" from this period in history might wish to engage-in with her guests. Every minute detail is explained. (eg: Turtle soup for dinner tonight, or maybe a nice fresh mutton stew for this evening? Hum? ... Would a Pavlova be appropriate for after dinner, or maybe a strawberry Charlotte would be better?).

This book is basically Mrs. Beeton's textbook on housekeeping and cooking 101, 102 and 103! She left nothing out.

It has been said that most middle class housewives of the Victorian period had this book in their library.... and I can see why! I bet that just about every newlywed housewife of 100 years ago felt they just HAD to have this book in order to know what to do in order to manage her "staff" or (if no large staff were available), on how to manage her own home alone (even while wearing a fully corsetted waist dress and sensible shoes).

As a person reads this book, they are transported back to 100 years ago...to a time when the middle-class and upper-class housewife had to behave in such a manner as to impress society, but also, to impress her husband, by showing confidence in her everyday housekeeping,cooking, and managing of her staff (if she had a staff).

In 100 years, it's amazing how the lives of housewives and mothers have changed. This is why, I would classify this book more as a history book ... and specifically, a valuable history book for those of us interested in U.S. history of the 1800's-to-early 1900's!

PS: Please note that I did not pay $135.00 for this book. At the time of my purchase, this book sold for less than $30.00. However, this book is now hard-to-find and therefore the price may have gone up. Still, I would not pay more than $30.00 for this book. Rather, see if your local Library has this book, and check it out first. Then, if you love it as much as I did, you can purchase it for your own library, at the price you feel is appropriate for your own pocketbook.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful facsimile 31 Mar. 2010
By Nick Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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Beeton's Book of Household Management was the kitchen Bible for the Victorian era, and this facsimile does it justice.
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Household Management 21 Feb. 2014
By Drew G. - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting to read about the proper way to cook and oversee household operations in 1800s England, which in most ways still applies today.
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