Eliza Acton (1799-1859)
Read by Joanna Morris, Latin American Studies, MPhil, 2013
Elizabeth 'Eliza' Acton (1799 -1859) was an English poet and cook who produced one of the country's first cookbooks aimed at the domestic reader rather than the professional cook or chef, Modern Cookery for Private Families.
The recipes were well written and easy to understand, and for the first time ingredients were listed separately, rather than in the body of the recipe. This helped make the book an immediate success.