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Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management – Product Review

Originally published as 24 newspaper columns from 1859 to 1861, Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management was at first a guide to managing a household. Today it is a fascinating look at the past and a guide to forgotten skills that can be used today.

Included Chapters

Beeton wrote, “As with the commander of an army, or the leader of any enterprise, so is it with the mistress of a house.” Running an extravagant household was a monumental task and a responsibility not to be taken lightly. It meant supervising every employee, from the butler to the laundry-maid to the footman and the wet nurse. It meant managing the safety, happiness, comfort, and well-being of the family. Chapters include:

  • The Housekeeper
  • Arrangement and Economy of the Kitchen
  • Introduction to Cooker
  • General Directions for Making Soup
  • Recipes: Fish
  • Recipes: Pork and Ham
  • Recipes: Poultry and Rabbit
  • And much more!

In addition to offering advice on a wide range of domestic topics, this abridged edition of Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management contains hundreds of original recipes. A compendium of practical information about everything from animal husbandry to child care, this Victorian classic is both fascinating and still useful.

Sarah A. Chrisman, author of Victorian Secrets and This Victorian Life provides the foreword, reflecting on how she uses Mrs. Beeton’s advice on a daily basis.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse; abridged edition edition (November 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1634502426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1634502429
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Customer Reviews: 3.8 out of 5 stars   19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
    • #93 in Small Homes & Cottages
    • #114 in Garden Design (Books)
    • #67 in Herb Gardening

Customer reviews

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3.0 out of 5 stars
 Abridged Version Missing Reference Illustrations in Recipes

Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2016

Format: Hardcover
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  • Love the history, and reading about a time when caring for the home was a respected task, not something to complain about.
  • Very interesting insight into Victorian living.
  • Really like! Genuine, factual and revealing!
  • Very fun book!
  • Love the history, and reading about a time when caring for the home was a respected task, not something to complain about.


  • This abridged version is ok for a quick read, however, many recipes reference "how-to" illustrations that are not included in the book thereby rendering them useless. For example the directions for preparing and cutting fish and various meats tell you to reference an illustration that is simply not there in this version. There are unabridged versions of the book (in hardback as well) for around $5 more than this version. I would recommend the unabridged if you think you might want to try some of the recipes. If not, then tjis book will do.
  • I should have read the description more closely. This is the abridged version with much fewer recipes than the full version. It's still got all the household management stuff if that's what you are interested in but not many recipes which is what I was after
  • It's an abridged version, so I feel like I'm missing out on something. I don't know what. Disappointed that the illustrations are not color.
  • This is the abridged version of the book. Small hardcover but not many recipes.
  • I was not aware that this edition was a condensed version.

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