Maria Rundell (1745–1828) was an English writer. In 1805, when she was
over 60, she sent an unedited collection of recipes and household advice
to John Murray, of whose family—owners of the John Murray publishing
house—she was a friend. Murray published the work, A New System of
Domestic Cookery (frontispiece shown), in November 1805. It was a huge
success and several editions followed; the book sold around half a
million copies in Rundell's lifetime. It was aimed at middle class
housewives. In addition to dealing with food preparation, it offers
advice on medical remedies and how to set up a home brewery, and
includes a section entitled "Directions to Servants". She also advises
readers on being economical with their food and avoiding waste. Rundell
wrote a second book, Letters Addressed to Two Absent Daughters (1814),
with advice concerning death, friendship, how to behave in polite
company and the types of books a well-mannered young woman should read.
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