A really classic recipe found in “Robert Carrier’s Kitchen
Cook Book” published by Marshall Cavendish Ltd in 1980
Elizabeth Moxon (fl 1740–1754) was an English writer known for her influential cookery book: English Housewifry. She has been called one of “the female pioneers of English culinary writing”.
Her book was presented as practical help for “Mistresses of Families, higher and lower Women servants” based on Moxon’s thirty years of “practice and experience”. Along with the numerous recipes for “soops, made-dishes, pastes, pickles, cakes, creams, jellies, made-wines, &c” she offered month-by-month menu plans for lunch, supper etc. with diagrams and instructions on how to set out a variety of dishes on the table, in the style of the 18th century.
English Housewifry was published in Leeds in 1741 by James Lister, owner of the Leeds Mercury newspaper. It sold well, and from the second edition in 1743 it was marketed in London as well as Yorkshire, and was probably the first cookery book with provincial origins to make the move to the capital. In 1758 the eighth edition appeared, with extra recipes collected from “gentlewomen in the neighbourhood”. By this time it is believed the rights belonged to Griffith Wright whose family went on reprinting the book until 1790. A sixteenth edition was printed in London in 1808.
Customers of earlier editions were told they could buy their copy from the author in Pontefract. Her residence there in the 1740s and her long experience of housewifery are almost all that is known about Moxon’s life.