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The American Housewife

Book Overview: 

This cookbook and reference guide leads the American Housewife through how to make everything from Meat to Common Drinks, as well as helpful tips and tricks for any housewife! Also included in this fine text are sections on Cooking for The Sick, and how to make your own: Essences, Perfumes, Dyes and Soaps. This work also features an extensive section on The Art of Carving-Which covers anything you might need to carve!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Raspberry Shrub, 118 353 Lemon Shrub, 118 354 Sherbet, 119 355 Noyeau, 119 356 Mead, 119 ESSENCES. 357 Essence of Lemon, 119 358 Essence of Ginger, 120 359 Spice Brandy, 120 360 Rosewater, 120 PERFUMERY. 361 To extract the Essential Oil of Flowers, 121 362 Perfumery Bags, 121 363 Cologne Water, . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This provided a wonderful glimpse into early- to mid-19th Century life. The book is a collection of wisdom and practical advice to help the American housewife of the time make the most of all resources. Economical use of time, money, and material was the prime virtue promoted in this manuscript.


I stumbled onto this book while visiting Mystic, Connecticut, and I found myself intrigued enough to buy it and read from cover to cover. It is a mix of solid, timeless wisdom (“No false pride, or foolish ambition to appear as well as others, should ever induce a person to live one cent beyond the i

How do you rate something that was written over 200 years ago? Obviously, there's a lot lost in translation just via language changes and lifestyle changes. But I still think this work has value for 1) historians and historical fiction writers and 2) people who are interested in domestic parts. Even

How did housewives clean and cook in the early 1800s? I picked up this book to find out. However, I didn’t learn as much as I wanted because it’s almost written in a different language. Lost to us is having ashes to make lye, having bear or goose grease, finding whortleberries or having loaf sugar o

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