Originally published over 300 years ago as The Compleat Housewife – and 100 years before the famous Mrs Beeton – Eliza Smith, drawing on her vast experience while ‘constantly employed by fashionable and noble families’ compiled this collection of over 600 recipes which had ‘met with general approbation’. There are also  remedies and cures for the ‘benefit of every accomplished noblewoman’ for every ailment from the bite of a mad dog to a case of pimples. This book was not oly famous in Britain, but also in America were it has the distinction of being the first ever cookery book to be published there.