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

With the development of the printing push in the 16th and 17th generations, numerous publications were published on how to handle homes and prepare food. In Holland and England competition became between the noble people as to who could make probably the most lavish banquet. By the 1660s, cookery had progressed to a skill type and great chefs were in demand. Many of them printed their own publications detailing their recipes in opposition with their rivals. Many of these books 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 modern form. Although eclipsed in recognition and regard by Isabella Beeton, the initial modern cookery writer and compiler of recipes for the home was Eliza Acton. Her groundbreaking cook book, Modern Cookery for Private Families printed in 1845, was directed at the domestic reader rather than the skilled cook or chef. This was greatly significant, establishing the format for contemporary writing about cookery. It presented the now-universal practice of listing the elements and proposed preparing occasions with each recipe. It involved the very first formula for Brussels sprouts. Contemporary cook Delia Jones called Acton “the best author of recipes in the English language.” Contemporary Cookery long lasted Acton, outstanding on the net till 1914 and accessible now in facsimile.

Acton’s work was a significant influence on Isabella Beeton, who printed Mrs Beeton’s Book of House Administration in 24 monthly elements between 1857 and 1861. This was helpful information to owning a Victorian home, with advice on style, kid treatment, pet husbandry, poisons, the administration of servants, technology, faith, and industrialism. Of the 1,112 pages, around 900 included recipes. Most were explained with shaded engravings. It is said that many of the recipes were plagiarised from early in the day writers such as for example Acton, but the Beetons never claimed that the book’s articles were original. It was intended as a reliable guide for the aspirant middle classes.

The American cook Fannie Farmer (1857–1915) published in 1896 her popular work The Boston Cooking College Cookbook which contained some 1,849 recipes.