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Hannah Glasse

A Housekeeper receives her mistress's instructions for dinner in this period plate. Hannah Glasse (March 1708 – 1 September 1770) was an English cookery writer of the 18th century. She is best known for her cookbook, humbly entitled, “The art of cookery, made plain and easy: which far exceeds any thing of the kind yet published…”, first published in 1747. The book was reprinted within its first year of publication, appeared in 20 editions in the 18th century, and continued to be published until 1843. Although Hannah’s life never over lapped that of Jane Austen, her book influenced countless Regency households, no doubt including the Austen’s own, and may be regarded as the Mother of modern cookbooks. Hannah Glasse was christened on 28 March 1708 at St Andrews, Holborn, London. Her mother is said to have been Hannah Reynolds, a widow. Her father,Isaac Allgood, a landowner of Brandon and Simonburn, both in Northumberland had recently married Hannah Clark, the daughter of a London vintner. Hannah Glasse was brought up in Allgood’s home at Simonburn near Hexham, together with his legitimate children, Lancelot and Isaac. She once described her mother in a letter as being a “wicked wretch! During her childhood, Glasse formed a relationship with her father’s youngest sister, Margaret Widdrington, with whom she corresponded through most of her adult life. The surviving letters are the major source of information about Glasse’s personal life. Isaac Allgood and his wife Hannah Clark had both died of illness by 1725, when Glasse

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