ACTON, Eliza. Modern Cookery for Private Families: Reduced to a system of Easy Practice in a series of carefully Tested Receipts in which the Principles of Baron Liebig and other Eminent Writers have been as much as possible applied and explained by Eliza Acton.

(London): Elek,  1966.  First edition.  Octavo.  643 pages.  Introduction by Penelope Farmer.  A reproduction of the final 1865 edition of this classic of modern cookery including the original line engravings.  First published in 1845 the volume was one of the first cookery books to provide lists of ingredients, exact quantities, and cooking times, and to include Eastern recipes for chutneys. Its first edition was the first book to refer to Christmas pudding. In the later years of its publication, Modern Cookery was eclipsed by the success of Isabella Beeton’s bestselling Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management (1861), which included several recipes plagiarised from Acton’s work.  A very good plus copy in dust jacket. 


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