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The Struggling Poet Who Reinvented Cookbooks

Jon Mayer
Each book owes a debt to Eliza Acton.
Each book owes a debt to Eliza Acton. / Jeff Bukowski/Shuterstock
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When Eliza Acton’s second collection of poetry was denied publication, she pivoted her ambitions. The result, an engaging recipe book geared toward home cooks, forever changed the culinary world.

In the latest episode of Food History, host Justin Dodd tells us about the innovations in cookbook publishing instigated by this perhaps-unlikely source.

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