Many further editions, abridgements, and follow-up publications appeared in the following years, as Samuel Beeton
and, following his failure, Ward, Lock and Co.
capitalised on the book's success. As Sarah Freeman
notes, later editions, which...
As it turned out, however, most of the recipes and information in the book came from published sources, though two popular cookery books directed at the middle classes, Hannah Glasse
's The Art of Cookery...
According to biographer Sarah Freeman
began writing out of boredom with her married life and from a desire to participate in the excitement of her husband Samuel Beeton
's magazine business.
Freeman, Sarah. Isabella and Sam: The Story of Mrs Beeton. Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, 1977.