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A piece of history still useful today,
This review is from: MrsBeeton's Book of Household Management: A Specially Enlarged First Edition Facsimile (Hardcover)
Probably the most famous cook book in the world. This version is the specially enlarged 1st Edition Facsimile. Illustrated with nearly 600 quite detailed engravings (line art drawings) the book exudes history.
For those that have never heard of Mrs Beeton's Book of Household management the book "does what it says on the cover". Providing a huge number of recipes (over 1,350 in this version), approximately 200 pages cover other household management areas such as "Dinners and Dining"; "Bills of Fare"; "Domestic Servants" ("Duties of the": "Butler"; "Footman"; "Valet"; "Nursemaid" and many others); "The Rearing etc,. of Children"; "The Doctor" and "Legal Memoranda".
The book is full of annecdotes about the various ingredients and articles used, which compliment the style very well. There are 13 articles of the "General Observations of" variety, including "Quadrupeds", "The Sheep and Lamb" and "Game". Most articles and recipes are indexed by paragraph number rather than page number but this is ideal because there can be more than one entry on a page and it means that you can more easily find the exact place you require.
Due to the use of imperial measurements throughout the book it is not the ideal cookbook for the modern chef without knowledge of how to convert to or from Metric measurements (if you've got an Android phone, for example, you'll find a number of conversion apps available). Also, although prices for dishes are given they are, of course, in the imperial currency accurate to the time of the origainal publication date (1861) which although not of much practical use today provides an interesting historical aspect.
Don't expect advice on how to use a wok or traditional Indian cooking, this is a book about Victorian English food and everyday tips for that era. An excellent addition to any kitchen shelf or historical collection, just make sure you have dual scale scales (or the conversions available).