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Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management Paperback – December 23, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 590 pages
  • Publisher: Empire Books (December 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619491400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619491403
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Cooper on February 4, 2013
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It appears that the content of the book is there.

However, the book doesn't have any publishing information that is standard in the front of the book (ie first published, who published it etc). It looks like someone has typed the book into a publishing/ MSWord document and then printed it and bound it. I wanted to have a book that has been around for over a century, and I got a book that looks like it was a stolen copy. I guess you get what you pay for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2013
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A cute little book but I wish it were more specific. The recipes I wanted most didn't really have applicable amounts and directions I could follow. Fun read though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Lee on December 17, 2012
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excellent! It's fast delivery. also it's good quality. I like this product very much and I recommend it to friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on August 10, 2013
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Mrs Beeton ran a woman's magazine and based her book of household management on not only her experience but also the experience of the contributors. As such, it is basically the known wisdom of the time. The recipes are still widely used because they are simple and good.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Literata on March 12, 2012
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Much of the information and advice Isabella Beeton gives us is now pretty much obsolete but as a glimpse of a bygone era the book is a fascinating insight into the daily routines of an upper class Victorian household. It makes one realise how much easier our lives have been made by modern technology. The recipes are also a reminder of how esoteric British Victorian cuisine could be (potted ptarmigan, anyone?) but it's well worth giving them a try if you see something that looks interesting. However, I have given the book a 3-star rating because of its lack of illustrations (my mother's edition of Mrs B has plenty) and its appalling layout. Headings are placed at the bottom of pages and/or tacked onto the end of paragraphs making recipes extremely difficult to even spot, let alone follow. The lack of a proper index makes the problem worse. It looks like a badly collated photocopy job. Whoever edited this should be ashamed. So while the content is great, the presentation is very disappointing.
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I saw this book in the opening credits for Pie in the Sky, a British mystery with a policeman that moon lights as a chef and decided to check it out. It is of interest as a historical document because it provides cooking directions when everything had to be done from scratch more than a hundred years ago. So it has pages devoted to how to make various meat and vegetable stocks for instance and how to prepare and cook various domesticated and wild animals like turtles, rabbits, and frogs as well as pheasants, quail, chicken and cattle. There are recipes that look like they would be worth trying out but sometimes it is unclear what the quantity is. In spite of all that it is an interesting document and well worth checking out.
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By Amazon Customer on June 5, 2014
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This product is excellent. if you are looking for great reading for the money. buy with confidence. Love this product.
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By Trinity Bess on March 31, 2014
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The book give a nice memory of how things use to be and has some good ideas in the book and because it was free I loved it. It's great for ideas
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