Eliza Acton (17 April 1799 – 13 February 1859) was an English food
writer and poet. In 1845 her cookbook Modern Cookery for Private
Families was released. It was one of Britain's first cookbooks aimed at
the domestic reader and introduced the now-universal practice of listing
ingredients and giving suggested cooking times for each recipe. It
included the first recipes in English for Brussels sprouts and for
spaghetti, and contains the first printed reference to Christmas
pudding. Engagingly written, the book was well received by reviewers. It
was reprinted within the year and several editions followed until 1918.
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. Many English cooks have been influenced by Acton,
including Elizabeth David, Jane Grigson, Delia Smith and Rick Stein.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliza_Acton>
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