I got to guest post for Philippa Jane Keyworth this week:
The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same by Maria Grace
‘There’s an old saying: The more things change, the more they stay the same. I found that to be very true as I was reading my newest, or should I say oldest, favorite cookbook: New System of Domestic Cookery: Founded up Principles of Economy; and Adapted to the Use of Private Families, by Mrs. Maria Eliza Ketelby Rundell (1745-December 16, 1828). ‘Mrs. Rundell’ as it was often referred to, was the most popular English cookbook of the first half of the nineteenth century. The first edition came out in 1806, several later editions were published with additions by other contributors.
At the time few books on domestic management were available. Mrs. Rundell collected tips and recipes for her three daughters from her thirty years’ experience running her household in Bath. Initially she planned to have four copies made but Jane Austen’s publisher got involved and the rest is, as they say, history.
Don’t forget to check out more great history articles from this week:
- Burial place of legendary King Arthur
- A quick primer of Regency fashions
- Voucher to Almacks
- Origins of the Knight’s Templar
- The fatal injuries of Richard III
- More findings in the hunt for Richard III
- Medieval Shipwreck found in the Danube
- Roman Mosaic found under farmers field
- Was this Jane Austen’s inspiration for Mr. Collins?
- Sporting dogs in England
- Early Coffee Houses
- For sale: Rich orphans