New films to shed light on cookery pioneer Hannah Glasse

A collaboration between Northumberland Archives and November Club performing arts charity will shed light on the pioneering work of 18th Century cookery book writer Hannah Glasse, with three films set to be screened at Forum Cinema Hexham as part of Heritage Open Days (September 11-18).

The author of The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy – one of the first widely published cookery books – Hannah (1708-1770) was born in London and raised in Northumberland until the age of 16. The book, first published in 1747, was a bestseller for more than a century with at least 40 editions. It was also published in America, with George Washington and Benjamin Franklin notable owners of a copy.

The content of book was also ground-breaking, publishing many first ever recipes such as trifle with jelly, the Yorkshire Pudding and Hannah Glasse’s Paco Lilla recipe – now more commonly known as piccalilli.

Raised in Simonburn, today businesses in the village and local area are collaborating with Northumberland Archives and November Club to shed more light on Hannah’s work, including Simonburn Tea Rooms, Northumbrian Pantry and nearby Corbridge Larder. For more on Hannah’s work visit and

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

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