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Hannah Glasse: The First Domestic Goddess

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You may think that Mrs Beeton was the mother of English cooking but Clarissa Dickson Wright has news for you: it was Hannah Glasse who revolutionised the way we eat.

Hannah Glasse’s amazing cookery book – The Art Of Cookery Made Plain And Easy – was reprinted 33 times within 50 years and was the best-selling cookery book of the 18th century, introducing fine dining to the masses and crowning Hannah Glasse as queen of the aspirational middle-classes.

Glasse invented the dinner party as we know it. By teaching the housewife how to cook, she gave her the ticket to sophistication and style in the kitchen. Given that dinner parties were the best way to impress and move up in the world, Hannah Glasse helped people to be upwardly mobile. 

In this sumptuous documentary, Clarissa Dickson Wright finds out what it was like to cook in an 18th century kitchen with no running water, gas or electricity. And she puts one of Hannah Glasse’s most influential recipes – the first curry recipe published in Britain – to the test. Will it live up to the expectations of today’s foodies?

Today we have Delia Smith, Martha Stewart and Nigella Lawson but Hannah Glasse was the very first domestic goddess and the world’s first celebrity cook.

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