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The Mary Frances Cook Book

Jane Eayre Fryer

Book Overview: 

Another of the charming Mary Frances books, this one 'Among the Kitchen People', where young girls are encouraged to be mother's helper's in the kitchen, as Mary Frances wants nothing more than to be useful. She learns (and shares) how to make tea, toast and boiled eggs, among other things, as she enjoys adventures with her many friends, including Mantel Clock, Auntie Rolling Pin and Yellow Bowl.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I simply can't eat."

"It must be dreadful!" said Mary Frances.

"It keeps me very thin," complained Toaster, "but if I'm not mistaken, your mother will eat all that toast,—if she gets it while it's hot."

"Oh, I hope so," said Mary Frances; "and I thank you so very very much."


"Good-bye!" added the little girl, as she went out of the kitchen, followed by the admiring gaze of all the Kitchen People.


CHAPTER III MARY FRANCES' MOTHER MARY FRANCES pushed open the door of her mother's room very softly.

"What has my little girl there?" asked her mother.

"Oh, are you awake, Mother? It's a s'prise for you," and she carried the tray over to the bed.

Her mother carefully lifted the lid of the dish.

"Milk Toast! the only thing I could eat! why—who made it?"

"If it hadn't been for Toaster, it couldn't have been made,". . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was one of the old books we had at the Farm. I read it before I started keeping my book list at the age of 12, so the year is estimate. Though it was a long time ago, I still remember lines from it!

I am bothered by the attitudes of the people in these books.

Father is not a nice man. There was no need for him to be that nasty to the tramp.
Aunt whateverhernameis is not a nice woman.
Billy is selfcentered, Bob is nasty - frankly, he shouldn't have gotten any more cake after that nasty little poe

Adorable! Sweetness spiced with humor (the odd pinch soured by being WAY past its expiration date). Positive pro-social points for the zero-tolerance stance on name-calling. And the author's name is Fryer? (And Mary Frances has nicknamed her male doll "Alfonso" as...."Fonsey", AAYYYYYY!)

Thanks for r

A children's cookbook from 1912 - something that Bab a Sub Deb might have read. Part storybook, part recipe resource, this is fun read for mother-daughter teams who want to learn about history and cooking. Recipes range from buttered toast to Queen of Hearts Tarts.

Interesting and helpful for resear

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