Glasse shines on film

Northumberland Archives and November Club performing arts charity are highlighting the pioneering work of 18th Century food writer Hannah Glasse with three films to be screened at the Forum Cinema, Hexham as part of Heritage Open Days (September 11-18). 

The author of The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy, which was one of the first widely published cookery books, Glasse (1708-1770) was born in London but lived in Simonburn, Northumberland until she was 16. The book, published in 1747, was on the bestseller lists for more than 100 years and was also published in America, where George Washington and Benjamin Franklin had copies.

The content of the book was also ground-breaking, with many new recipes such as trifle with jelly, Yorkshire pudding and Glasse’s paco lilla (piccalilli). Businesses collaborating with Northumberland Archives and November Club on the project include Simonburn Tea Rooms, Northumbrian Pantry and Corbridge Larder.

Tickets for the film screenings are free but need to be pre-booked at

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