Alexis Soyer A Shilling Cookery for the People, 110th thousand
(Routledge, 1855)
RB.23.a.21664 17x11 cm


Alexis Soyer (1809-58) made his reputation as chef to the Reform Club, but he was equally concerned to improve the standard of cooking amongst the poor. A Shilling Cookery for the People is full of practical advice, based on the assumption that many readers could not afford to follow complicated recipes, or purchase elaborate kitchen utensils. Soyer, who agreed not to attach his name to any other cookery book at a similar or lower price, received £50 for the first edition of 10,000 copies. Within four months sales had reached 110,000, and by 1867 more than a quarter of a million copies had been sold.