Title The Experienced English Housekeeper For the use and ease of Ladies, Housekeepers. Cooks, etc., written purely from the practice, and dedicated to the Hon.Lady Elizabeth Warburton, Whom the Author lately served as Housekeeper: Consisting of near Nine Hundred Original Receipts, most of which never appeared in print
Book Condition Good
Edition Second edition
Publisher London Printed for R.Baldwin 1771
Seller ID 10363
8vo. iv + pp.384 + index. Original calf rebacked. Wear to extremities. Front and back hinge recently repaired. Internally tight and clean with scattered foxing and occasional stain. An important work, first published 1769. Mrs Raffald was housekeeper to Lady Elizabeth Warburton, at Arley Hall, Cheshire. She later married the head gardener there and the couple moved to Manchester, where she set up a registry office for domestic servants, which she ran in conjunction with her cooked meat and confectioner's shop. Business was brisk and larger premises were soon needed. In spite of continual pregnancies - she had sixteen daughters - she somehow found time to write her immensely popular cookery book, full of delicious recipes, though, according to Quayle, she never parted with the recipe for her famous brawn, "a delicacy she sold sliced by the pound, and which had customers throughout the length and breadth of Lancashire". Title page notes that "No book is genuine but what is signed by the Author" as this is on page 1.