London: Ward, Lock and Company, 1899.
New enlarged and revised edition edition with numerous colour plates and just over two thousand pages. More than just a cookery book, Mrs. Beeton's guide is an encyclopedia of useful information on all aspects of domestic life. Chapters of interest include table decoration, treatment and payment of servants, medicine for children and the disabled, basic legal problems and their resolution, homeopathy, design and organisation of the nursery and much more. Interestingly the cookery section of this enormous book incorporates some foreign dishes relatively new to British cuisine including Indian, Jewish and Italian food. The former colonies are represented with separate chapters on Australian and South African dishes. This book is sure to equally please those with an interest in cookery and British social history respectively.Item #1438
Unusually thick large octavo; viii, 1644 + advertisements, fold-out colour frontispiece and 10 full-page chromo-litho colour plates, with hundreds of black & white plates throughout. All edges gilt, re-backed retaining original spine. In very good condition.