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Modern recipes and cooking guidance
from Contemporary Cookery for Personal Families by Eliza Acton (London: Longmans, Natural, Reader, and Dyer, 1871. p.48.)

With the advent of the printing press in the 16th and 17th generations, numerous publications were prepared on the best way to handle families and prepare food. In Holland and Britain competition became between the respectable families as to who could prepare the most lavish banquet. By the 1660s, cookery had developed to a skill form and excellent chefs were in demand. Many of them published their own publications describing their recipes in opposition with their rivals. Many of these publications have been translated and are available online.

By the 19th century, the Victorian preoccupation for domestic respectability caused the emergence of cookery publishing in its contemporary form. While eclipsed in reputation and respect by Isabella Beeton, the very first modern cookery author and compiler of recipes for the home was Eliza Acton. Her groundbreaking cook book, Modern Cookery for Individual Families printed in 1845, was directed at the domestic audience as opposed to the skilled cook or chef. This is immensely powerful, establishing the structure for modern writing about cookery. It introduced the now-universal training of listing the materials and suggested preparing occasions with each recipe. It included the first formula for Brussels sprouts. Contemporary cook Delia Smith named Acton “the best writer of recipes in the English language.” Modern Cookery long lasted Acton, remaining in publications until 1914 and available more recently in facsimile.

Acton’s work was a significant impact on Isabella Beeton, who printed Mrs Beeton’s Book of Family Administration in 24 monthly areas between 1857 and 1861. This is helpful tips to running a Victorian household, with suggestions about style, kid care, dog husbandry, poisons, the management of servants, technology, faith, and industrialism. Of the 1,112 pages, around 900 covered recipes. Many were shown with colored engravings. It’s stated that many of the recipes were plagiarised from earlier authors such as Acton, nevertheless the Beetons never claimed that the book’s articles were original. It had been intended as a dependable information for the aspirant middle classes.

The American cook Fannie Farmer (1857–1915) printed in 1896 her popular work The Boston Preparing School Cookbook which covered some 1,849 recipes.