Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Are you familar with Mrs Beeton? She was the authority on managing your household in Victorian Times.

A long time ago I picked up a *First Edition Facsimile* in a wonderful used bookstore located in an old log cabin in Harris, MN. This book has a very prominate place in my kitchen. I simply love this book. The book is now public domaine so I thought I'd share the link where you can read parts of the book for yourself....Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management

One of the things I found interesting was that Mrs. Beeton advocates eating local and seasonally....a very popular movement today. Although I doubt it was a movement in 1861....just the way things were.

I am posting the list for seasonal foods for June although I am not entirely sure what leverets or plovers are (I did google them, lol):

FISH.—Carp, crayfish, herrings, lobsters, mackerel, mullet, pike, prawns, salmon, soles, tench, trout, turbot.

MEAT.—Beef, lamb, mutton, veal, buck venison.

POULTRY.—Chickens, ducklings, fowls, green geese, leverets, plovers, pullets, rabbits, turkey poults, wheatears.

VEGETABLES.—Artichokes, asparagus, beans, cabbages, carrots, cucumbers, lettuces, onions, parsnips, pease, potatoes, radishes, small salads, sea-kale, spinach,—various herbs.

FRUIT.—Apricots, cherries, currants, gooseberries, melons, nectarines, peaches, pears, pineapples, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries.

Postings to Sue's Rednesday (for the first time) and Suzanne's Vintage Thingie Thursday. BIG thanks to these lovely ladies for hostessing us!