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The Campaign for Domestic Happiness

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Days when stewed eels may be a little too much this is a wonderful collection of food writing from the matriarch of modern housekeepingThis edition is part of the Great Food series designed by Coralie Bickford Smi This was an abridged version of Mrs Beeton really sweet and interesting but I'm not sure I could plough through the complete version In the front is a lady's guide to properly behaving and running a household which I would certainly turn to if transported back in time Included with the recipes are the prices and seasonability of different food as well as providing an often hilarious commentary about certain ingredients Choice lines include the carrot 'as a fattening food for cattle it is excellent; but for man it is indigestible on account of its fibrous nature' and the competition between French and English beef 'This is mere vaunting on the part of our neighbours who seem to want la gloire in everything' However Mrs B had her head screwed on properly when it comes to chicken 'The barn fed fowl is in itself a complete refutation of the cramming and dungeon policy of feeding practised by some' You go girl Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, little too much this is a wonderful collection of food writing from the matriarch of modern housekeepingThis edition is part of the Great Food series designed by Coralie Bickford Smi This was an abridged version of Mrs Beeton really sweet and interesting but I'm not sure I could plough through the complete version In the front is a Guilt (Abe Glitsky, lady's guide to properly behaving and running a household which I would certainly turn to if transported back in time Included with the recipes are the prices and seasonability of different food as well as providing an often hilarious commentary about certain ingredients Choice A Kite for Moon lines include the carrot 'as a fattening food for cattle it is excellent; but for man it is indigestible on account of its fibrous nature' and the competition between French and English beef 'This is mere vaunting on the part of our neighbours who seem to want World Without End la gloire in everything' However Mrs B had her head screwed on properly when it comes to chicken 'The barn fed fowl is in itself a complete refutation of the cramming and dungeon policy of feeding practised by some' You go girl

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Firmly of the belief that a home should be run as an efficient military campaign Mrs Beeton the doyenne of English cookery offers timeless tips on selecting cuts of meat throwing a grand party and hosting a dinner This is the kind of thing that no average reader will be interested in but for a certain type will be fascinatingThe first section contains tips on managing a household from an average day's events to how much every kind of servant should be paid to how to throw a ball The second is a series of recipes that include not only a description list of ingredients and instructions but also an estimate of how much the dish will cost per person to prepare and what season it is appropriate for This is an invaluable resource for anyone with a nitpicky fascination for everyday life in Victorian England The Best Nest list of ingredients and instructions but also an estimate of how much the dish will cost per person to prepare and what season it is appropriate for This is an invaluable resource for anyone with a nitpicky fascination for everyday The Nightingale life in Victorian England

Isabella Beeton ñ 1 SUMMARY

As well as giving suggestions on staff wages and the cost of each recipe With such delicious English classics as rabbit pie carrot soup baked apple custard and fresh lemonade as well as invalid's jelly for those This book originally published as part of a longer work in 1861 is essentially a how to guide for the middle class housewife If Martha Stewart Peggy Post and Alice Waters had a book baby 150 years ago it would be The Campaign for Domestic Happiness When viewed as a historical document this book is both interesting and humorous with some advice that still applies today However if looked at as anything else it is truly problematic The work reinforces and reflects the societal and gender norms of the time There are sections on social etiuette for parties for visiting friends and acuaintances for how to dress and style oneself meals leisure time how much to pay household servants and how to keep a balanced account of monies spent There are a number of recipes in the later half of the book many of which include an average cost as well as the seasonality of ingredients I am curious to try cooking some of the dishes to see if they are agreeable to a modern palate Overall this is an interesting little book that functions as a window into life of the middle class woman in the mid 1800s England A Kite for Moon lemonade as well as invalid's jelly for those This book originally published as part of a World Without End longer work in 1861 is essentially a how to guide for the middle class housewife If Martha Stewart Peggy Post and Alice Waters had a book baby 150 years ago it would be The Campaign for Domestic Happiness When viewed as a historical document this book is both interesting and humorous with some advice that still applies today However if Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, looked at as anything else it is truly problematic The work reinforces and reflects the societal and gender norms of the time There are sections on social etiuette for parties for visiting friends and acuaintances for how to dress and style oneself meals Annies War leisure time how much to pay household servants and how to keep a balanced account of monies spent There are a number of recipes in the The Bread Bakers Apprentice later half of the book many of which include an average cost as well as the seasonality of ingredients I am curious to try cooking some of the dishes to see if they are agreeable to a modern palate Overall this is an interesting Wizard for Hire (The Dresden Files Omnibus, little book that functions as a window into Shot on Gold (Play by Play, life of the middle class woman in the mid 1800s England


10 thoughts on “The Campaign for Domestic Happiness

  1. says:

    This is the kind of thing that no average reader will be interested in but for a certain type will be fascinatingThe first section contains tips on managing a household from an average day's events to how much every kind of servant should be paid to how to throw a ball The second is a series of recipes that include not only a description list of ingredients and instructions but also an estimate of how much the dish will cost per person to prepare and what season it is appropriate for This is an invaluable resource for anyone with a nitpicky fascination for everyday life in Victorian England


  2. says:

    An interesting read because when it was written was so different from today My favourite section was the bit at the beginning telling you how to run your house Apparently the mistress of the house get up late or the domestics will become sluggards


  3. says:

    Historical reference for household management including expected salaries if needed


  4. says:

    Well this is a stark contrast to Bad Feminist D It's like having your great great great grandmother deliver unsolicited advice about how women ought to behave within her domestic sphere for pages on end Remember ladies we are the Angel in the House after all PAs with the commander of an army or the leader of any enterprise so it is with the mistress of a house this is Isabella Beeton reminding you SEPARATE SPHERES GODDAMMITShe who makes her husband and her children happy who reclaims the one from vice and trains up the other to virtue is a much greater character than ladies described in romance whose whole occupation is to murder mankind with shafts from their uiver or their eyes women don't need weapons they just need a good cookbook and Isabella Beeton is right here to give you one weeeeeeeeeein conversation trifling occurrences such as small disappointments petty annoyances and other every day incidents should never be mentioned to your friends if the mistress be a wife never let an account of her husband's failings pass her lips and in cultivating the power of conversation she should keep the versified advice of Cowper continually in her memory that it 'should flow like water after summer showers not as if raised by mere mechanic powers' you have no problems none whatsoever do not bore people with your issues and your husband is flawless he might be cheating on you he might be gambling away all the income but HE IS ABOVE CRITICISM GODDAMMITI don't feel I can give this a star rating I'm treating the Great Food series as primary source material but I think you can see my views on the content and the advice as it stands Yes I am in a weird mood as I write this review D


  5. says:

    This is another little excerpt book in Penguin's 20 book strong Great Food series With mini chapters taken from Mrs Beeton's main work there's advice on how to hire servants what makes a good wife how to pay calls and how to hold dinner parties There's also recipes on all courses meat fish veg cakes puddings and even meals for invalid's Admittedly as I don't eat red meat I can't comment on those recipes but as for the others there isn't anything amazing turning up in this excerpt book Really it's for the historical interest as to what people were eating at the time As for the section on manners and ettiuette Honestly what a bunch of repressed superficial snobs Everything's so regulated and intense it seems like you'd never have the chance to relax and be yourself or to spend your time only with people you like but rather having to put on a good face for the people you can't stand either And these were the days when good women were just there for the running of the house and making the domestic life wonderful for the men Not a time I would have liked to have lived in Although in fairness I would probably have ended up as a maid of all work and work myself to the bone at a young age so I wouldn't have even had time to think of a social life and what was socially properIncidentally I like the cover design on this one


  6. says:

    This book originally published as part of a longer work in 1861 is essentially a how to guide for the middle class housewife If Martha Stewart Peggy Post and Alice Waters had a book baby 150 years ago it would be The Campaign for Domestic Happiness When viewed as a historical document this book is both interesting and humorous with some advice that still applies today However if looked at as anything else it is truly problematic The work reinforces and reflects the societal and gender norms of the time There are sections on social etiuette for parties for visiting friends and acuaintances for how to dress and style oneself meals leisure time how much to pay household servants and how to keep a balanced account of monies spent There are a number of recipes in the later half of the book many of which include an average cost as well as the seasonality of ingredients I am curious to try cooking some of the dishes to see if they are agreeable to a modern palate Overall this is an interesting little book that functions as a window into life of the middle class woman in the mid 1800s England


  7. says:

    But generally speaking decomposing bodies are not wholesome eating and the line must be drawn somewhere The author regarding the eating of mouldy cheeseExcellent excellent Fun little read Worth the time just to read her tear all of France a new one for suggesting that French beef could hold a candle to English beef The language is beyond elegant unlike mine and to read a dish described as supercilious gave me chills The beginning section contains instructions to the female head of a household and includes interesting information on staff wages and rank If you're at all interested in the whole UpstairsDownstairs aspect of English manor life of a certain period you will enjoy that a great deal I now understand the whole visiting process much better even though I've been reading about these visit for about 35 years The second half of the book contains recipes and vignettes about the ingredients Some funny Some informative Some alarming like the section on why poultry should never be kept caged It was spooky how modern that sounded


  8. says:

    This was an abridged version of Mrs Beeton really sweet and interesting but I'm not sure I could plough through the complete version In the front is a lady's guide to properly behaving and running a household which I would certainly turn to if transported back in time Included with the recipes are the prices and seasonability of different food as well as providing an often hilarious commentary about certain ingredients Choice lines include the carrot 'as a fattening food for cattle it is excellent; but for man it is indigestible on account of its fibrous nature' and the competition between French and English beef 'This is mere vaunting on the part of our neighbours who seem to want la gloire in everything' However Mrs B had her head screwed on properly when it comes to chicken 'The barn fed fowl is in itself a complete refutation of the cramming and dungeon policy of feeding practised by some' You go girl


  9. says:

    A fascinating foodie vignette of Victorian society crammed full of the etiuette for entertaining how to cook prepeare and serve food and even advice on how to conduct your life your visits to your friends and also how to manage your servantsInteresting and informative giving a little slice of Victorian life and manners and is truly representative of a bygone ageWell worth reading for the historical and social aspect but also people just interested in the history of food would enjoy this


  10. says:

    A nice read to fill half an hour with a cup of teaMrs Beeton is best described as the matriarch of modern housekeeping She believes that a good home is run with military precision; she offers timeless tips on selecting cuts of meat hosting dinner parties paying staff etc The book is interspersed with recipes and their costs Granted I am never going to use a recipe that involves stewed eels but with an interest in historical food culture I found it a satisfying read