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.

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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.

About the Author


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


Amazon Customer
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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Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management

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Author: Jerry

10 thoughts on “Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management – Product Review

  1. I think it is a very good idea to have this collection in a book. And those advice and experience are still valuable today. Time may have changed, but we are still facing the same problems in our household, they just have different names nowadays.

    Also, I will purchase the book just to get the recipes. I am sure that we will enjoy trying to make them and taste them with my friends.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for utilizing a portion of your time for the reading and commenting on this review.

      You are most certainly welcome for the sharing of this article.

      Have A Blessed Day!

  2. Hi Jerry, It Sounds like a very interesting book.  I have never heard of the author before but it sounds like she met quite a tragic end being how talented she was.  What I found interesting was how you say this has stood the test of time.  I’d love to see what this says about parenting.  My sister’s boys are teenagers now and they can be a right handful when they want to be.  Wonder how Mr’s Beeton would deal with them lol

  3. Interesting topic and review of this book. 

    I remember my mom having a similar book while I was growing up. It makes me remember all the fantastic dishes she managed to prepare on a daily basis, while also caring for us three kids and my father. I am still amazed by it to this day. 

    But I understood when I went to the air force and the air force academy. In the curriculum there was a topic that taught us air force cadets everything from how to behave to the cleaning of clothes, preparing food, and much more. 

    I think this also should be a topic today in school. Today it is forgotten knowledge among young adults. 

    There is a lot of wisdom in older books like this.

  4. Hi Jerry! 

    This is an amazing review. 

    I don’t really know much about this book, but from what I read about it, it is really a nice book and have a lot of advice that would help a lot. 

    I just need to purchase this book for me and my friends to know more on it. Thanks for the good work, it is really an interesting book and I am really impressed with it.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hello, 

      Thanks for considering this an amazing Product Review, and really interesting book. 

      It is my duty to share what I have learned, and I also intend to continue keeping this website interesting, thank you again for your reading and comments. I am forever grateful.

      Blessings To You!

  5. Really awesome book you have here on household management product review. 

    I believe it will make a lot of benefits to everyone who intend to perfectly manage their homes, I’ve learned quite a lot from it and I look forward to getting a copy.

    Thanks for sharing, off to share in my blog!

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