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Acton, Eliza (1799–1859), writer on cookery and poet, was born at Battle, Sussex, on 17 April 1799, the eldest of the five children of John Acton and his wife, Elizabeth, née Mercer. The Actons were a Suffolk family, and returned there soon after ...

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Astry [married name Orlebar], Diana (bap. 1671, d. 1716), diarist and compiler of recipe books, was baptized on 2 January 1671 at St Mary's, Henbury, Gloucestershire, the third daughter and fifth child of Sir Samuel Astry (1632–1704) of Henbury, Gloucestershire, a clerk of the ...

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Anne Blencowe, Lady Blencowe (1656–1718) circle of Michael Dahl, 1670s private collection

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Blencowe [née Wallis], Anne, Lady Blencowe (1656–1718), compiler of recipes, was born on 4 June 1656, the elder daughter and second of three surviving children of John Wallis (1616–1703), Savilian professor of geometry at the University of Oxford, and his wife, Susanna Glyde (1622–1687)...

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Cook, Ann (fl. c. 1725–c. 1760), writer on cookery, was born probably in the late 1690s, perhaps in co. Durham. Little is known of her except what appears in the autobiographical 'Plan of house-keeping' included in the second and third editions of her cookery book; her narrative is an account of her feud with ...

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David [née Gwynne], Elizabeth (1913–1992), writer on cookery, was born on 26 December 1913 at Wootton Manor, near Polegate, Sussex, the second of four daughters of Rupert Sackville Gwynne (1873–1924), politician, and his wife, the Hon. Stella, née Ridley (d. 1973)...

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Elizabeth David (1913–1992) by unknown photographer, c. 1960 © reserved; estate of Elizabeth David

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Farley, John (1755/6–1827), cook and writer on cookery, is a figure about whom little is known apart from his highly successful book, The London Art of Cookery published in 1783; it went into twelve editions by 1811. It includes a handsome and youthful likeness of ...

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Fettiplace [née Poole; other married name Rogers], Elinor, Lady Fettiplace (b. c. 1570, d. in or after 1647), writer on household management, probably born at Pauntley, Gloucestershire, was the eldest daughter of Sir Henry Poole (d. 1616) of Sapperton in Gloucestershire...

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Glasse [née Allgood], Hannah (bap. 1708, d. 1770), writer on cookery and costumier, born at Greville Street, Hatton Garden, London, was baptized at St Andrew's Church, Holborn, on 24 March 1708, the daughter of Isaac Allgood (1683–1725) and Hannah Reynolds. The Allgoods...

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Raffald [née Whitaker], Elizabeth (bap. 1733, d. 1781), cook and writer on cookery, was born at Doncaster and baptized there on 8 July 1733. She was one of at least three daughters born to Joshua Whitaker, a man of some property in the town which the daughters inherited. After receiving a fair education, she passed about fifteen years (1748–63) in service, rising to become housekeeper at ...

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Elizabeth Raffald (bap. 1733, d. 1781) by unknown engraver, pubd 1782 (after P. McMorland) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rundell [née Ketelby], Maria Eliza (1745–1828), writer on cookery, was the only child of Abel Johnson Ketelby (d. 1756), a barrister of the Middle Temple, resident at Ludlow, Shropshire. She married, on 30 December 1766, Thomas Rundell, a surgeon practising at ...

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Rylance, Ralph (1782–1834), miscellaneous writer and editor, was born on 30 March 1782 at Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, the son of Thomas Rylance, a joiner, and his wife, Alice Beswick or Boswick (d. 1831). He attended Bolton grammar school, leaving in 1797 and entering into a brief apprenticeship with a weaver; by that date ...

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Verral [Verrall], William (1715–1761), innkeeper and writer on cookery, was born on 10 April 1715, in Lewes, Sussex, the fifth of the eight sons (and one daughter) of Richard Verrall (d. 1737), master of the White Hart inn in Lewes from about 1724, and his wife, ...

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White, Florence Louisa (1863–1940), writer on cookery, was born on 20 June 1863 at York Terrace, Peckham, London, the fifth and youngest child of Richard White, a lace buyer for a firm in the City of London, and his second wife, Harriet Jane Thirkell (...

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Wolley [other married name Challiner], Hannah (b. 1622?, d. in or after 1674), author of works on cookery, medicine, and household affairs, never mentions her father in her writings, and his name is unknown. Her mother and elder sisters 'were very well skilled in Physick and Chirurgery', and she learned a little about medical practice from them, and more under the patronage of a noblewoman, almost certainly ...