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Ten shillings a head per week for house books

By PEEL, Mrs Dorothy Constance

subjects: general,

  • 1. Ten | shillings | a head per week | for house | books | by | Mrs. C. S. Peel
    Westminster: Archibald Constable and Co; 1899
    18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-ix [x] xi-xv [xvi], 1-252, [i-iv] publ ads   Green cloth
    GB:   LWel   *LoEN   OB   WYoLU(B)  
    US:   NN  

    Mrs Peel says in the preface, "In the year 1898 I wrote a series of articles for "Hearth and home" on the subject of catering at 10s a week, which called forth a considerable correspondence.... I have repeatedly been asked for a menu and recipe book especially compiled for the mistress who must keep her bills to the 10s a head limit, and who must employ a single-handed plain cook of average ability. Hence the appearance of this volume...."
    The book makes use of articles and recipes contributed by Mrs Peel to "Hearth and home" over the previous four or five years. There are 458 numbered recipes in all. They are preceded by a week's menus for breakfast, dinner and supper for each of the four seasons. Dining-room menus and kitchen menus are given.

  • 2. — Ten | shillings | a head per week | for house | books | by | Mrs C. S. Peel
    Westminster: Archibald Constable and Co; 1900
    18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-ix [x] xi-xv [xvi], 1-252, [i-iv] publ ads   Green cloth
    GB:   LWel  
    US:   *NNNAM  

  • 3. — [Title as 1900] | Fourth edition
    Westminster: Archibald Constable and Co Ltd; 1902
    18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-ix [x] xi-xv [xvi], 1-252, [i-iv] publ ads   Green cloth
    GB:   *Priv coll   LB  

  • 4. — [Title as 1900] | Fifth edition
    Westminster: Archibald Constable and Co Ltd; 1903
    18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-ix [x] xi-xv [xvi], 1-252, [i-iv] publ ads   Green cloth
    GB:   *Priv coll  

  • 5. — [Another edition, sixth, 1906]

    Cited in AbCat January 1977.

  • 6. — [Title as 1900] | Seventh edition
    London: Archibald Constable and Co Ltd; 1908
    18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-ix [x] xi-xv [xvi], 1-251 [252], [i-iv] publ ads   Green cloth
    US:   *NNNAM  

  • 7. — [Title as 1900] | Eighth edition
    London: Constable and Co Ltd; 1910
    18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-ix [x] xi-xv [xvi], 1-251 [252], [i-iv] publ ads   Green cloth
    GB:   *Priv coll  

  • 8. — [Title as 1900] | Ninth edition
    London: Constable and Co Ltd; 1912
    18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-ix [x] xi-xv [xvi], 1-251 [252], [i-iv] ads   [3s 6d in ad]   Green cloth
    GB:   LCS   *OPo(F)  

  • 9. — [Title as 1900] | New and revised edition
    London: Constable and Co Ltd; 1916
    18.0 x 11.5 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-ix [x] xi-xxvi, 1-275 [276], [i-iv] publ ads   Green cloth
    GB:   LB   *LoEN   OB  

    There are now 520 numbered recipes. Mrs Peel admits in the first chapter that "it is no longer possible to provide the menus set forth in Chapter II for 10s a head:... they would now cost 12s 6d to 15s 6d a week per head." However, she suggests a range of economies that would allow a family to "live nourishingly and not unattractively" on the old budget of 10s per head per week.