i have wanted an early edition of Mrs. Beeton's for quite some time.
and like everyone else who wants a Mrs. Beeton's you want it for the color plates.
an early edition (pre-1905) of Mrs. Beeton's often sells for between $75.00 and $125.00 on ebay. so, while i wanted a copy, i decided to just admire it from my computer screen.
it was my lucky day at the thrift store a while back:
i got my Mrs. Beeton's
a 1901 edition.
the color plates are beautiful-especially the cake + pastry ones. but the cheese "plate" may be my favorite.
+ i love that you can find boiled tongue on the same page as treacle candy.
you know. for quick reference.