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Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management

"Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management" was a guide to all aspects of running a household in Victorian Britain, edited by Isabella Beeton. It was originally entitled "Beeton's Book of Household Management", in line with the other guide-books published by Beeton.

It was intended as a guide of reliable information about every aspect of running a house for the aspirant middle classes. Of the original edition's 1,112 pages, over 900 contained recipes, and another popular name for the volume is "Mrs Beeton's Cookbook". Most of the recipes were illustrated with coloured engravings. In addition to cooking, its 2,751 entries include tips on how to deal with servants' pay and children's health, and above all a wealth of cooking advice, instructions and recipes.

Director Alfred Hitchcock selected the guide as his chosen castaway book when he appeared on the long-running BBC Radio series "Desert Island Discs" in 1959.