May 17, 2007

Not Quite the Naked Chef or Inside the Victorian Kitchen

Before The 1900 House I got some perverse pleasure out of imagining that all Victorian kitchens were akin to the Gothic scullery in the Gormenghast Trilogy, hellishly hot and governed by a terrifying head chef brandishing a meat cleaver. I kid. Anyway, Chow's blog The Grinder has the 411 on the new PBS special "The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton," author of "a massive 1861 tome that instructed Victorian housewives on how to be a crinolined domestic goddess."

The PBS site reveals that Mrs. Beeton was not a middle-aged matron. In fact, she died of a "dark secret" at the youngish age of 28.

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait for this....i read a book last year called "Inside the Victorian Home" -- it's all fascinating stuff. Speaking of 1900 House, we need another installment of those, something that's hopefully more compelling than the last one ("Texas Ranch House" stunk.)