Mrs Beeton’s Cookbook: A Story of Invention and Reinvention

You, Too, Can Invent and Reinvent Yourself at Whatever WorkLife Stage You’re At

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Isabella Mary Beeton, born in 1836, was perhaps the Martha Stewart of her day. I originally thought she was a woman who had many years experience as a cook, but the truth is she set out to develop her cooking ability at the age of 21 when she undertook a writing assignment to write a guide to all aspects of running a household in Victorian Britain.

She collated recipes from other works and those sent in by the magazine readers. The book she produced: Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management, contained over 900 recipes and also gained the name ‘Mrs Beeton’s Cookbook’.

Mrs Beeton was an accomplished pianist, having studied music in Heidelberg. However, she established her career in writing when she married her husband, who was a publisher of books and magazines, and she began to write articles on cooking and household management for his publications. The rest, as they say, is history.

I expect Mrs Beeton would have developed her career even further or indeed developed a new career as I’m sure you’ll agree she was a woman of many talents, but sadly she died aged 28.

Mrs Beeton’s story is just one story of people’s remarkable ability throughout history to invent and reinvent themselves at whatever WorkLife stage they were at. Fanny Craddock’s Christmas Pudding: A Story of Invention and Reinvention is another story.

You, too, have the capacity and capability to do the same.

Mrs Beeton’s story is from my book: How To Successfully Invent and Reinvent Yourself, from The School Of WorkLife Book Series.

Click on the above title for an inside view of the book, where you will see the stories and assignments. Tap the link below to see the other books in the series. 

Published by Carmel O' Reilly

Carmel O’ Reilly: WorkLife Learning Practitioner & Writer Author of WorkLife Book Club, Your WorkLife Your Way and The School of WorkLife book series. Created to help you manage your WorkLife Learning. Blogger & Podcaster: Telling people’s powerful stories about WorkLife challenges & successes Founder of My guiding statement is to help people pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, passion, purpose and pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.