Although she is not as well known in the USA Isabella Mary Beeton is one of the towering figures of Cookery publishing. With over 400 densely packed pages, that must have strained the eyesight of a Victorian reader, Everyday Cookery contains over 1600 “practical receipts” as recipes were called in her day, numerous wood engravings and 142 colored illustrations.
Isabella Beeton is best known for her previous work “Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management” published when she was only 24. Her husband Samuel Beeton was also her publisher. His company published Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Great Britain as well as various periodicals aimed at the woman and home and it was on these that Isabella cut her journalistic teeth.