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BROWNE, Matilda   1836-24 April 1936


Myra, editor of "Myra's cookery book", is almost certainly Matilda Browne. Matilda, called Myra, was a close friend of Isabella and Sam Beeton and after Isabella's death, she took over as editress of the "Englishwoman's magazine". She also raised Isabella's two boys, Mayson and Orchart. In 1875, with Sam's help, she started up her own periodical, "Myra's journal". The series of books which she later edited were also named for their editor # "Myra's knitting", "Myra's crocheting" # and, like "Myra's cookery book", they were all published by Goubaud. @Montgomery Hyde, in his biography of the Beetons, says that Mrs Mayson Beeton, nee Louisa Swinley, is the author of "Myra's cookery book". On the title-page of the second edition she is named as the reviser but the initials M. B. following the preface to second edition are more likely to stand for Matilda Browne than Mayson Beeton. @I must credit Uta Schumacher-Voelker for identifying Matilda Browne as the author and for sharing with me the above information. @ Matilda Browne's birth and death dates are recorded in Hyde.

  • Myra's cookery book
  • Subjects: general,

    • 1. Myra's | cookery book, | being | a new and practical method of learning cookery, and | working out well-tried recipes, | together with clear instructions in the arts of | baking, | roasting, | larding, ) boiling, | frying, | glazing, | broiling, | stewing, | preserving, | braising, | steaming, | pickling, | as well as the proper ways of making ) pastry, | creams, | savouries, | puddings, | custards, | cakes, | moulds, ) sauces, | compo3tes, | jellies, | forcemeats, | omelets. | Edited by Myra.
      London: Goubaud and Son; nd
      18.5 x 12.5 cm   Pp [1-2] ht, [i-iii] iv [v-vii] viii-xx, [1] 2-416, [i] ii-x index, [1-4] ads   Blue cloth  
      GB:   *LG   LWel   OB  

      The recipes are laid out in tabular form.
      LG dates the book [1883] following EngCat. OB dates its copy, acquired in December 1884, [1884]. The book is reviewed in the December 1884 edition of "Myra's journal of dress and fashion".

    • 2. — Myra's | cookery book. | Being | a new and practical method of learning cookery, | and working out well-tried recipes, | together with clear instructions in the arts of | baking, | roasting, | larding, | boiling, | frying, | glazing, | broiling, | stewing, | preserving, | braising, | steaming, | pickling, | as well as the proper ways of making ) pastry, | creams, | savouries, | puddings, | custards, | cakes, | moulds, | sauces, | compo3tes, | jellies, | forcemeats, | omelets. | New edition. | Enlarged and revised by Mrs. M. Beeton.
      London: Myra and Son; nd
      19.0 x 12.5 cm   Pp [1-2] ht, [i-v] vi [vii] viii-ix [x-xii] xiii-xxvi, [1] 2-463 [464], [i] ii-xi [xii] index, [1-4] ads   [2s 6d on spine]   Brown cloth with male cook holding spoon on front  
      GB:   LB destroyed   LWel   *LoEN   OB  

      The preface to second edition is signed "M. B."
      LB, LoEN and OB all date this edition [1889].


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