1. Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management
Credit for my love of cooking is often thought to go to my Grandmother. Another strong influence was the famous Mrs.Beeton. My mother had a first edition from 1861 of Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management. It was my storybook. I read chapters on poultry and game. I learnt to fold napkins, prepare banquets and manage servants. Calves' heads on silver platters and gruesome recipes for pigs face were my horror stories. She is still considered a major British food writer; the directness and simplicity of her writing defies time and fashion. Sadly she died young in childbirth aged only 28 buther mid-19th century book on managing a British household is still the classic book of all time.