In 1857, less than a year after the wedding, Isabella began writing for one of her husband’s publications, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine. She translated French fiction and wrote the cookery column, though all the recipes were plagiarised from other works or sent in by the magazine’s readers. In 1859 the Beetons launched a series of 48-page monthly supplements to The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine; the 24 instalments were published in one volume as Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management in October 1861, which sold 60,000 copies in the first year. Isabella was working on an abridged version of her book, which was to be titled The Dictionary of Every-Day Cookery, when she died of puerperal fever in February 1865 at the age of 28. She gave birth to four children, two of whom died in infancy, and had several miscarriages. Two of her biographers, Nancy Spain and Kathryn Hughes, posit the theory that Samuel had unknowingly contracted syphilis in a premarital liaison with a prostitute, and had unwittingly passed the disease on to his wife.
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- Beeton’s Book of Household Management, by Isabella Beeton
Beeton’s Book of Household Management, was written by Isabella Beeton and published in London, England, in 1861.
- Recipes to be tested before being published in Beeton’s Book of Household Management
Beeton’s Book of Household Management, received recipes after recipes, but before they could be published in the book, Isabella Beeton would test them out
- Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine, a monthly magazine
The first Housekeeping magazine was The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine.
March 14th 1836,
London, United Kingdom
February 6th 1865,
Swanscombe, United Kingdom
- Isabella Beeton – Wikipedia
Isabella Mary Beeton (née Mayson; 14 March 1836 – 6 February 1865), also known as Mrs Beeton, was an English journalist, editor and writer.
- Review: The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton by Kathryn …
We all know about Mrs Beeton – a dragon in black bombazine, presiding with iron control over her bustling underlings in the steamy cavern of a Victorian kitchen, conjuring up hefty haunches of roast beef and a parade of solid steamed puddings.
- BBC – History – Mrs Beeton
Beeton was a Victorian writer whose ‘Book of Household Management’ is one of the most famous cookery books ever published.
- Isabella Beeton Biography – Childhood, Life Achievements & Timeline
Isabella Beeton was one of the most recognized names in the British history of cookery book writers.
- Beeton, Isabella Mary – The Epsom and Ewell History Explorer
Isabella Mary Mayson was born on 14th March 1836, the eldest of four children to Benjamin Mayson and his wife Elizabeth [nee Jurrum (per baptism record) but later variously reported as Jerrom/Jarrom/Jarron]
- The secret life of Mrs Beeton | History Extra
Kathryn Hughes takes ten pieces of advice from Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management and asks whether the domestic doyenne was speaking from experience…
- Isabella Mary Beeton – Cook’s Info
Anyone who has heard of Mrs Beeton probably thinks of her as a stately, stout, tough matron, the kind that went out into the world to beat back the bush in the name of God and Queen.