The English Housewife

The English Housewife

by Gervase Markham, Michael R. Best
     
 

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Markham reveals the "pretty and curious secrets" of preparing everything from simple foods to such elaborate meals as a "humble feast" - an undertaking which entails preparing "no less than two and thirty dishes, which is as much as can stand on one table." He instructs the housewife on brewing beer and caring for wine, growing flax and hemp for thread, and…  See more details below

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Markham reveals the "pretty and curious secrets" of preparing everything from simple foods to such elaborate meals as a "humble feast" - an undertaking which entails preparing "no less than two and thirty dishes, which is as much as can stand on one table." He instructs the housewife on brewing beer and caring for wine, growing flax and hemp for thread, and spinning and dyeing. As a housewife was also responsible for the health and "soundness of body" of her family, he includes advice on the prevention of everything from the plague to baldness and bad breath. No other source from this period provides the same richness of information in such a readable style. Michael Best's introduction and his abundant notes make The English Housewife readily accessible to the contemporary reader.

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"[The English Housewife] comes as close to a reconstruction of early modern English home life as scholars are likely to attain .... A splendid addition to the knowledge of early-17th-century life and labor." G.M. Straka, Choice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773511033
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
10/18/1994
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 8.89(h) x 0.98(d)

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