Hannah Glasse: Our Forgotten Hexham Heroine

Hannah Glasse: Our Forgotten Hexham Heroine

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The Northumberland Archives and November Club present three short films celebrating the 18th century cookery book writer, Hannah Glasse, the author of the most successful cookbook of all time, “The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy”. This event is part of Heritage Open Days 2021 and tickets are free.

Hannah Glasse, neé Allgood, was born in 1708, the illegitimate daughter of a Northumbrian Landowner, Isaac Allgood. She was brought up and educated near Hexham. Her book was first published in 1747 and although it went on to be an international bestseller, Hannah saw very few of the profits. The book’s distinction was its simplicity: simple instructions, accessible ingredients, an accent on thrift, easy recipes and practical help with weights and timing.

The three films (“Hannah Glasse Saves the Nation”; “The Rebels”; and “Currey the India Way”) are inspired by letters and papers held by the Northumberland Archives within the Allgood family collection. They shed a light on this little-heard of author who is considered by many to have been the mother of the modern dinner party and the ‘first domestic goddess’.