Wednesday, 15 February 2017

How to be a domestic goddess (even if you can't cook)

Isabella Mary Beeton (1836-65)
Public Domain
Here you can access the complete text of Isabella Beeton's Book of Household Management. You now have no excuses. Get cooking!

On the other hand, Mrs Beeton herself couldn't cook. Her first recipe for a Victoria sponge left out the eggs. This fascinating nugget of information (together with more of the same) comes out in Kathryn Hughes' biography.

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