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Eliza Acton: Britain’s first modern cookery writer

Annabel Abbs discusses the first modern cookery writer Eliza Acton, the subject of her new novel The Language of Food

Published: May 24, 2022 at 4:33 pm
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Writer Annabel Abbs discusses poet and food writer Eliza Acton, the protagonist of her new historical novel The Language of Food. She tells Emma Slattery Williams about Acton’s story and how her legacy has been overshadowed by Mrs Beeton.


Annabel Abbs is the author of The Language of Food (Simon & Schuster, 2022)


Emma Slattery WilliamsStaff Writer, BBC History Revealed

Emma is BBC History Revealed’s staff writer, covering all areas of history – from Egyptian pharaohs and pirates queens to Queen Victoria and Marilyn Monroe. She also compiles HistoryExtra’s Victorians newsletter and can be heard interviewing historians on the HistoryExtra podcast.


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