Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management

Mary brought in the most wonderful object to share with us, a copy of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management, dated 1915.

First published as a book in 1861, the book best known as Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management, also published as Mrs Beeton’s Cookery Book, was an extensive guide to running a household in Victorian Britain, all about cookery, household work, marketing, prices, provisions, trussing, serving, carving, menus, etc., etc

Producing the book was a remarkable achievement as during the writing she went through difficult pregnancies – her first two children died in infancy – and she herself died at the age of 29 giving birth to her fourth child. The Book of Household Management only became available as a complete book in 1860 but is regarded as one of the most extensive guides on how to run a household in Victorian Britain.