Miss Beecher's Housekeeper and Healthkeeper

Miss Beecher's Housekeeper and Healthkeeper

by Catharine Beecher
     
 

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The Beecher family added much to the education and edification of Americans in the 19th Century. Catharine Beecher, sister to Harriet Beecher Stowe, was a prominent and respected author during her time. Part cookbook, part health manual, and part domestic guide, Miss Beecher's Housekeeper, published in 1873, sought to codify and simplify the information and skills

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The Beecher family added much to the education and edification of Americans in the 19th Century. Catharine Beecher, sister to Harriet Beecher Stowe, was a prominent and respected author during her time. Part cookbook, part health manual, and part domestic guide, Miss Beecher's Housekeeper, published in 1873, sought to codify and simplify the information and skills needed to efficiently and effectively run a household. While a practical guide, Miss Beecher's explication of her underlying philosophy of domestic science as necessary to the health and happiness of all people gives insight into the social mores of the time.

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ISBN-13:
9781429090070
Publisher:
Applewood Books
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Series:
Cooking in America Series
Pages:
484
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.16(d)

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MY DEAR FRIENDS, This volume embraces, in a concise form, many valuable portions of my other works on Domestic Economy, both those published by Harper and Brothers and those published by J. B. Ford and Co., together with other new and interesting matter. It is designed to be a complete encyclopaedia of all that relates to a woman's duties as housekeeper, wife, mother, and nurse. The First Part embraces a large variety of recipes for food that is both healthful and economical, put in clear, concise language, with many methods for saving labor, time, and money, not found in any other works of the kind. It also gives more specific directions as to seasonings and flavors than the common one of" Season to the Taste," which leaves all to the judgment of the careless or ignorant. The recipes have been tested by some of the best housekeepers, and all relating to health has been approved by distinguished physicians of all schools. The Second Part contains interesting information as to the construction of the body, in a concise form, omitting all details, except such as have an immediate connection with a housekeeper's practical duties. These are so simplified and illustrated, that by aid of this, both servants and children can be made so to understand the reasons for the laws of health, as to render that willing and intelligent obedience which can be gained in no other way.... (From Chapter I.)

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