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Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management: Abridged edition (Oxford World's Classics) [Abridged] [Paperback]

Isabella Beeton , Nicola Humble
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12 Jun 2008 Oxford World's Classics
'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. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; Abridged edition edition (12 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199536333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199536337
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.7 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The recipes are excellent and there are all sorts of tips that help me save money, time and temper. Sandi Toksvig, Daily Express sold out in Central London book shops within weeks Red, August 2000

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great 30 July 2010
By claireb
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Wished I'd had this book years ago. Fascinating foreward that gives a lot of background to the book. Valuable to anyone studying Victorian social history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Authority 3 Nov 2009
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I cannot find my hardback copy. HAD to have a copy handy so I bought this. An absolute STEAL at the price and as relevant today as ever.
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I was quite interested in finding out how things were done in victorian times, this book has started my interest in such things as household management and the victorians, it tells you how they cleaned and ran households in those days what they did and how to be good, it tells you what they ate and
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