Elfreda Pownall

Famous female cooks, a juicy salmon recipe from 1664 — and the only interesting thing about Mrs Beeton

In Cooking People, Sophie Waugh makes us laugh with her astute observations about five women chefs, while pondering a puzzle about Biblical swine

A well-laden supper table, according to Mrs Beeton, set for 16, with an exotic central floral arrangement (1861). Getty Images

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