The Household Companion

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Drawing on experience she gained while 'constantly employed by fashionable and noble families', Eliza Smith, writing a hundred years before Mrs. Beeton, compiled a collection of more than 600 recipes which had met with 'the general approbation'. She was also at pains to pass on, for the benefit of every 'accomplished gentlewoman', a multitude of cures and remedies 'never before made publick'.