Elizabeth Josephine Craig, MBE, FRSA (16 February 1883 – 7 June 1980) was a Scottish journalist, home economist and one of the most notable British writers on cookery of the twentieth century, whose career lasted some sixty years. Elizabeth Craig started to cook when she was six years old and began collecting recipes from age 12. She declared that the only formal training she had in cookery was a "three months course in Dundee". She began publishing cookery books after the end of World War I and proceeded through World War II and into the 1980s. She began writing in times when food was scarce and only a few households had refrigeration. Her contribution to English culinary literature comprises a very large corpus of traditional British recipes, although not only this: included are also a considerable collection of recipes from other countries which she liked to collect during visits abroad. This work provides a remarkable survey of inter-war middle-class living.
This hardback edition was published by Odhams Press Limited, London, United Kingdom and is undated. However, it is '1936 copyright' and is likely to have been published that year. There is no dustjacket. The hessian-feel cloth boards have a blue tinge and blue lettering. The front cover is spotted with deep-brown marks near the spine, and there are grubby, faded marks all over the front, spine and back cover. The spine is heavily discoloured. The corners are bumped and threadbare. The binding is a shaken but is holding and inner hinges are weakened. There are attractive, patterned, blue endpapers. The book is illustrated with a beautiful, colour frontispiece - 'A Nursery Breakfast' - and three further colour plates. There are also 16 black and white plates. In addition to detailed recipe sections, the contents include: the technique of cooking, keeping down the household bills, cooking in emergencies, invalid cookery, menus for every day, entertaining without a maid, hints on first-aid, health and beauty, and a complete index. There is a lot of spotting to page ends (all round) and some pages but the text is unaffected. The edges of the page block are dirty and stained.