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Acton, Eliza

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Eliza Acton was a trail-blazing culinary researcher, domestic scientist, and information manager. Known as the first modern British cookery writer, Acton’s recipes included precise measurements and cooking instructions, features that were not included in cookery books prior to Modern Cookery for Private Families (1845). Modern Cookery would inspire future chefs and cookbook writers.


Eliza Acton (1799–1859) was a path-making information manager, poet, culinary researcher, teacher, and the first modern British cookery writer. An accomplished poet, Acton wrote, “The Chronicles of Castel Framlingham” published in 1838 and “The Voice of the North” in honor of Queen Victoria’s inaugural visit to Scotland in 1842. Acton is remembered primarily for Modern Cookery for Private Families, a book she published with Longmans in 1845. She had no intentions of becoming a successful cookery book writer; however, her publisher encouraged her to write “something more practical...


  • Cookery
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  • Household management
  • Mrs. Beeton
  • Domestic management

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Hakimi-Hood, H. (2020). Acton, Eliza. In: The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women's Writing. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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