“Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management” is many things, but it is first and foremost a guide to managing a household. In addition to offering advice on a wide range of domestic topics, the book contains hundreds of recipes. A compendium of practical information about everything from animal husbandry to seasonal produce, this Victorian classic is both fascinating and useful.
Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management
Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management Reviews
42 of 43 people found the following review helpful:
Simple life? I think not!,
This review is from: Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)This book is written in such a way that you are drawn into the past and standing alongside the mistress of the house...planning your day and making sure the "household help" do their jobs well. It certainly reminds us of the benfits we have currently - with washing machines, dishwashers, automobiles, pre-packaged food and yes,fast food, yet still don't have enough time to do all the things we need/want to do. How would you like to dress your own cow or help make every article of clothing you wear (even though the "hired help" did most of it)? A brief introduction to the book instills in the reader a sense of where Mrs. Beeton arrived at her thoughts for "proper household management." She seems to have been frustrated by societal changes she was witnessing and wanted her "good ol' days" to return. It is a book I highly recommend not only for the history, but for the entertainment value. I could not put it down once I started.
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful:
great for the domestic victorian re-enacter,
By A Customer
This review is from: Mrs.Beeton's Book of Household Management (Hardcover)Inside you will not only find all kinds of information on cooking and the products used but loads of drawings of kitchen gadgets and food dishes, information on how a victorian kept a household and the servants within, cared for the sick, maintained a degree of ettiquette as well as planned the type of meals held throughout the year for family and guests. This is certainly a wonderful read and the recipies are easy to follow.
126 of 150 people found the following review helpful:
A Kid's Review
This review is from: Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)I find that if Mrs Beeton was alive today, she would be discusted at the sight of this book. It does not have all the recipes that other cookery books of hers have in it. The best book that you can by of hers is the one called
'Mrs Beetons Book of Household Management: A Specially Enlarged First Edition Facsimile/07542'
You can find this book by clicking on the part to the left under the book search part where it says 'Other Books By Isabella Beeton'. You will find it under the 'Out Of Print' section. This will be more usefull, and has those few little recipes in them like 'Apple Jelly' or 'Christmas Cake'. It is more usefull, with more descriptive pictures in it. Do not fall into the same trap that I did.
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