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A Little Cook Book for a Little Girl

Caroline French Benton

Book Overview: 

Join Margaret, a little girl who really wants to learn how to properly cook and bake everything from seafood to cake, as she sets out to make all the recipes she can find from her family, friends and the rest of the world around her. A fun and informative cookbook with a light narrative!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .As soon as it boils up once, it is done, and you can put it in a hot covered dish. If you like a change, stir in sometimes two beaten eggs in the milk instead of using it plain.

Veal Cutlet

Wipe off the meat with a clean wet cloth, and then with one that is dry. Dust it over with salt, pepper, and flour. Put a tablespoonful of nice dripping in a hot frying-pan, and let it heat till it smokes a little. Lay in the meat and cook till brown, turning it over twice as it cooks. Look in the inside and see if it is brown, for cutlet must not be eaten red or pink inside. Put in a hot oven and cover it up while you make the gravy, by putting one tablespoonful of flour into the hot fat in the pan, stirring it till it is brown. Then put in a cup of boiling water, half a teaspoonful of salt, and a very little pepper; put this through the wire sieve, pressing it with a spoon, and turn over the meat. Put parsley around the cutlet, an. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A sweet little book, but not as readable as some other similar books of the era. By this I mean that the story stops when the recipes begin.

This cookbook was adorable. Because it was written for a little girl, it was definitely more my speed, lol. I enjoyed it for sure. Given that it was written in 1905, it often recommends cooking with LARD, hahaha. There are also a lot of unprecise measurements and things like "put in a very hot oven"

I read this as part of an online bookclub challenge. First published in 1905, Caroline French Benton's A Little Cookbook for a Little Girl reads like a story in addition to having recipes. I found it to be utterly charming, the story of young Margaret who is anxious to learn to cook. The recipes wer

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This is a nicely written old cook book for young girls and apropos for today. The recipe for potato chips (was known back in ye olde days as “Saratoga Potatoes ”) is something I might try:

It has good recipes

I love this cook book is awesome. I recommend this book to all the girls in the hold wide world