Hannah Glasse: Why Google honours her today

Described as a “queen of a cooking party,” and hailed as a author of The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy, Hannah Glasse would have been 310 on Mar 28. 

In her honour, Google is changing a trademark in some-more than 16 countries to a loll of her work.

But, Glasse was not recognized for her achievements during her lifetime. Her identity as a author of one of a many renouned cookery books was challenged until 1938. 

This is her story:

  Illegitimate child

  • Hannah Glasse was innate on Mar 28, 1708, in St Andrews, Holborn, London. Her mom is pronounced to have been Hannah Reynolds, a widow, and her father, Isaac Allgood, was a landowner who was married to another woman, Hannah Clark. 

  • Glasse was brought adult in Allgood’s home during Simonburn nearby Hexham. During her education, in annoy of being an unwelcome participation in her father’s home, she witnessed good vital and tasted a dishes of a top class.  

  • Allgood and his mother died of illness by 1725, when Glasse was 16 years old. She after married a infantryman of fortune, John Glasse.
  • Together they had 10 children, of whom usually 5 survived. Needing to lift income to feed her family, Hannah set to essay The Art of Cookery. 

Art of Cookery  

  • She began work on The Art of Cookery in 1746, and her aspiration was to learn simple, candid recipes with a really smallest of output and technical complication.
  • “I trust we have attempted a Branch of Cookery that nobody has nonetheless suspicion value their while to write on …” she wrote as her rudimentary line. The book was initial published in 1747.

  • Her cookbook was a bestseller with a British open due to a conversational style. Preceding cookbooks were created for a chefs of stately and elegant households. 

  • The book did not exhibit a authorship, solely with a signature ‘By a Lady’. It enclosed 972 recipes, covering all from puddings and soups, to what to offer during Lent, to scheming food for a sick.

  • In her possess words, she directed to accomplish a work “which distant exceeds anything of a kind ever nonetheless published.”

The art of cookery enclosed 972 recipes [Wikimedia/Creative Commons]


  • Glasse, who had until this indicate struggled to make ends meet, became wealthy.

  • But her success was not to last. She was eventually announced broke and was sent to debtors’ prison. 

  • Before entering a prison, she sole a copyright of The Art of Cooking. After her recover in 1757, Glasse published dual some-more books: a Servants’ Directory and a Compleat Confectioner. Neither was as successful as The Art of Cookery.

  • At a age of 62, in 1770, with usually dual children left alive, Hannah Glasse died.


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