by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Friday, August 12, 2011
50 Women Game-Changers (in Food): #10 Hannah Glasse & Mrs. Isabella Beeton - Pan-Seared Trout w/ Caper Sauce
Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management was a guide to all aspects of running a household in Victorian Britain...dealing with everything from dealing with servants to invalid cookery to children's cooking plus a load of recipes. It would take me forever just to get through it. I find it that Isabella wrote all of this in her 20's, as she died at 28.
In a 2006 BBC documentary, Glasse was called the "mother of the modern dinner party". The Art of Cookery also includes a load of recipes along with chapters on how to market and medicines and repellants.
worth further exploration: (online cookbooks) Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management, The Art of Cookery
from Mrs. Isabella Beeton's Book of Household Management
as written (includes numbered recipe from book...I left out the optional glaze, used guesstimates on the "dessert spoonfuls" and used anchovy paste in place of anchovy essence...I just added everything to the hot pan that I cooked the fish in and it was finished in no time):
Mode.—Cut the capers across once or twice, but do not chop them fine; put them in a saucepan with ½ pint of good melted butter, and add all the other ingredients. Keep stirring the whole until it just simmers, when it is ready to serve.
Time.—1 minute to simmer.
Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, single malt Scotch, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.