Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management

  • Heidi Hakimi-HoodEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02721-6_87-1

Definition

Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management is an instruction manual for maintaining a middle-class Victorian home. The book provides guidance directed to women about legal memoranda, real estate, recipes for various dishes, natural histories of animals, stabling horses, and suggestions for at-home healthcare. A compilation of many texts from numerous contributors, this book was Isabella Beeton’s publishing success. Readers often assume this book was written by a middle-aged housewife; however, Beeton was barely into her 20s and had been married for a short 6 months when she began compiling this classic household management guide. Mrs. Beeton inspired readers to view women as commanders of armies charged with managing a family, meal preparation, and household budgets at a time when the middle classes were becoming more urbanized and affluent.

Introduction

Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management, published in volume form in 1861, originated in 1859 as a series of monthly...

Keywords

Beeton Cookery Cosmopolitan Domesticity Foodshed Food studies Foodways Household management 
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References

  1. Beeton, Isabella. 2000. In Mrs. Beeton’s book of household management, ed. Nicola Humble. Oxford: Oxford World Classics.Google Scholar
  2. Broomfield, Andrea. 2007. Food and cooking in Victorian England: A history. Westport: Praeger.Google Scholar
  3. Humble, Nicola. 2000. Introduction. In Mrs. Beeton’s book of household management, ed. Humble, vii–xxx. Oxford: Oxford World Classics.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Midwestern State UniversityWichita FallsUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Emily Morris
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Thomas More College, University of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada