Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management was a guide to all aspects of running a household in Victorian Britain, edited by Isabella Beeton and published 1861. She had all manner of advise on how to run a household, but I am focusing on some of her recipes that sound particularly interesting for modern palates.
Fall is apple season, though most supermarkets will sell apples year round in many major cities. Here is a recipe for Apple Soup:
111. INGREDIENTS.—2 lbs. of good boiling apples, 3/4 teaspoonful of white
pepper, 6 cloves, cayenne or ginger to taste, 3 quarts of medium stock.
Mode.—Peel and quarter the apples, taking out their cores; put them into the stock, stew them gently till tender. Rub the whole through a strainer, add the seasoning, give it one boil up, and serve.
Time.—1 hour. Average cost per quart, 1s.
Seasonable from September to December.
Sufficient for 10 persons.