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- DescriptionForeword from Delia Smith Eliza Acton is the forgotten hero of our culinary past. A debt of gratitude to her is what Delia Smith, Elizabeth David and Mrs Beeton have in common. She was the original and best: the first cook to write recipes in a clear, accessible format; one of the few Victorian ladies whose legacy has lasted well into the twenty-first century and whose recipes are still used in thousands of kitchens today. In this absorbing first biography, Sheila Hardy creates a vividly painted narrative of how a young woman produced the first cookery book for general use and changed history. She provides a rich background to Eliza's success, t only as the little-kwn mother of modern cookery, but as a poet and a campaigner for healthy eating. She encouraged us to eat curry, chorizo and gluten-free diets 150 years before they became fashionable. She knew Charles Dickens, and her family life was possibly an inspiration for several of his plots. She had a fascinating career, and this brilliantly researched book is a must for anyone interested in food and cookery, or simply as an insight into the life of a unique lady who was years ahead of her time.
- Author BiographySHEILA HARDY was a teacher and lecturer of English and History before becoming a full-time writer. Her previous biographies include The Story of Anne Candler; Treason's Flame, The Diary of a Suffolk Farmer's Wife and Frances, Lady Nelson: the Life and Times of an Admirable Wife. She has also written numerous histories of her native Suffolk and has given talks in the county for over thirty years. She lives in Ipswich.
- Author(s)Sheila Hardy
- PublisherThe History Press Ltd
- Date of Publication01/10/2011
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationStroud
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintThe History Press Ltd
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, black & white halftones
- Weight320 g
- Width165 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine10 mm
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