Nelly Custis Lewis's Housekeeping Book

Nelly Custis Lewis's Housekeeping Book

by Patricia Brady Schmit
     
 
For more than thirty years George Washington's adopted daughter Nelly Custis Lewis was the mistress of Woodlawn, a large and elegant Virginia plantation. As such households were virtually self-sufficient enterprises, recipes for cleaners, home remedies, and the care and dying of clothing were as essential as recipes used in the preparation of huge and varied meals.

Overview

For more than thirty years George Washington's adopted daughter Nelly Custis Lewis was the mistress of Woodlawn, a large and elegant Virginia plantation. As such households were virtually self-sufficient enterprises, recipes for cleaners, home remedies, and the care and dying of clothing were as essential as recipes used in the preparation of huge and varied meals. Like many southern ladies, Lewis kept a handwritten housekeeping book in which she jotted down these instructions.

Nelly Custis Lewis's Housekeeping Book reconstructs 176 of Lewis's original recipes and provides a wealth of information on nineteenth-century techniques for housekeeping, cooking, and medical practice. From making cabbage pudding to polishing furniture, treating scurvy to eliminating room odors, Lewis's book documents what was essential and practical knowledge for a plantation mistress in the 1830s. The volume is augmented by the editor's introduction and a glossary of terms.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780917860096
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Pages:
142
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Brady Schmit, as Patricia Brady, is author of Martha Washington: An American Life and editor of George Washington's Beautiful Nelly: The Letters of Eleanor Parke Custis to Elizabeth Bordley Gibson, 1794-1851.

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