"Young girls generally enjoy a morning in the kitchen devoted to the task of making pretty dishes; and might we suggest that their culinary education should not end with these. It is far more important to know how to boil a potato, to roast a joint, or to fry fish, than to be able to clear a jelly or decorate a cream; yet many girls will not try to learn the homely useful division of cookery." Mrs Beeton
Well according to http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/beeton_mrs.shtml
"Beeton was a Victorian writer whose 'Book of Household Management' is one of the most famous cookery books ever published.
Isabella Mayson was born on 12 March 1836 in London. She was educated in Germany. In 1856, she married Samuel Beeton, a wealthy publisher and began to write articles on cooking and household management for her husband's publications.
In 1861, the first instalment of her famous 'The Book of Household Management' was published. It was an immediate success, selling over 60,000 copies in its first year of publication and nearly two million by 1868. As well as recipes the book contained advice regarding household management, childcare, etiquette, entertaining and the employment of servants. It was illustrated with coloured engravings on nearly every page and was the first to format recipes in the layout still used today.
Beeton died on 6 February 1865 (aged 28!) of an infection following the birth of her fourth child."
And here, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0815233, I discovered a television movie "The Secret Life of Mrs Beeton" 2006 which I'll have to track down! Anne