Maria Eliza Rundell

19th-century British author of cookery books

1745   -   1828

occupation: writer

Maria Eliza Rundell (1745–1828) was a 19th-century British author of cookery books. Well known for her economically responsible ideas, Rundell was admired throughout the classes, although she often referred to her work as necessary for the "'modern' middleclass housewife". A New System of Domestic Cookery was Rundell’s first book and a bestseller. It continued to be published, in revised form, throughout the next thirty-six years and was even translated into German.Rundell is still known for her thoughts on household management, remedies, penny-saving meals, and the role of a woman in her home. She has been called "the original domestic goddess" and her book "a publishing sensation".
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