HANNAH GLASSE: Google Doodle are celebrating the British cooking writer
Hannah Glasse revolutionised British cooking with her cookbook The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy, published in 1747.
She was born on March 28, 1708 and was christened in London.
Before writing the cookbook she married an Irish soldier named John Glasse at the age of 16, and they had 10 children together.
It was the most popular cookbook of the 18th century, and was one of the first cookbooks written in a simple and conversational style.
GOOGLE DOODLE: Hannah Glasse wrote one of the first Yorkshire pudding recipes
“I believe I have attempted a Branch of Cookery which Nobody has yet thought worth their while to write upon…”
The first line of the book read: “I believe I have attempted a Branch of Cookery which Nobody has yet thought worth their while to write upon…”
People everywhere were finally able to follow her simple and accessible recipes – and there were 972 to choose from.
Cooking became accessible for not only the rich and fortunate – but for all classes.
Glasses recipe for Yorkshire puddings is one of the earliest known to be published, and also included other now well-known mentions, including jelly.
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The Google Doodle, illustrated by Matthew Cruickshank, depicts Glasse baking up a batch of Yorkshire puddings.
Yorkshire puddings became a staple of the classic British Sunday roast.
Created from just flour, eggs and milk – it is still enjoyed across the globe today.
She has been described as “the first domestic goddess” and “the mother of the modern dinner party”.
Her book was an instant success, was published in over 20 editions and remained in print for almost a century.
The cover of the book did not reveal the identity of the author, but simply said it was “by a Lady”.
However, in 1938 her identity as the author was confirmed by historian Madeline Hope Dodds.
Despite the success of the book, Glasses luck did not last – becoming bankrupt in 1754 due to poor business decisions.
She was forced to auction her copyright for the book.
COOKING BOOK: The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy, published in 1747
In 1757 she was sent to Marshalsea debtors prison and released later in the year.
The cookery writer registered shares in a new book she had written in 1755 – The Compleat Confectioner.
However, even through it was reprinted several times, it never achieved the success of there first book.
Glasses passed away on September 1, 1770 at the age of 62.