A Celebration of the Household: The Classic Guide to Running Your Home

A Celebration of the Household: The Classic Guide to Running Your Home

by L G. Abell


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A Celebration of the Household: The Classic Guide to Running Your Home by L G. Abell

Any mother or father knows that keeping a household in order isn’t an easy task. 100 years ago, families faced many of the same issues then as we do today, as illustrated by this collection of tips and advice that bridges the gap between the antique and the contemporary.

In the mid 1800s, Mrs. L.G. Abell compiled a document containing hundreds of skills, advice and recipes for any woman wishing to run an efficient home. Broken up into sections on child-rearing, medicine, and general household recipes and tasks, her words provided countless families with the tools and know-how they needed to efficiently and effectively run a home.

Times have changed a bit, but Abell’s advice, based on years of experience and trail and error, holds up well, including such basics as grocery shopping, cures for common illnesses, cleanliness and proper etiquette, and more. In this new edition, hundreds of color photographs adorn this perfect gift book, bringing it into the 21st century and making it the indispensible gift for any mother or father.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620877142
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

L. G. Abell was the author of several books including Woman in Her Various Relations and Gems by the Way-side.

Table of Contents

Publisher's Preface vii

1 Miscellaneous Moral Hints on the Formation of Characters, Habits, Etc. 1

2 Parents 17

3 Simple and Safe Remedies for Common Diseases and Accidents 33

3.2 A Few Choice Medical Receipts 51

3.3 Hints on the Preservation of Health 67

3.4 When Tending to Animals 73

4 Useful Cooking Hints for Housekeepers 75

4.2 Regulation in Time of Cooking 86

4.3 When Handling Fish, Soups, Meats, Etc. 88

4.4 Curry Spice 108

4.5 Eggs 109

4.6 When Making Cheese 112

5 Useful Notions on Vegetables 115

5.2 Management of Vegetables 126

5.3 Assumptions with Catchups 134

5.4 The Many Makings of Vinegar 136

6 In Regards to Beverages 139

6.2 How to Make Beer 139

6.3 How to Make Coffee 140

6.4 Other Suitable Potations 142

7 When Baking Bread, Breakfast, Tea Cakes, Etc. 147

7.2 Various Kinds of Pleasant Cakes 156

7.3 An Extensive Look at Cakes 167

7.4 Pies, Puddings, Etc. 170

7.5 Ice Creams, Custards, Etc. 184

7.6 Rules for Preserving 193

7.7 A Few General Directions for Carving, Etc. 208

8 With Attention to the Exterior 217

8.2 Garden Shrubs, Flowers, Etc. 217

8.3 Fruit Trees 225

8.3 Vegetable Plants 229

8.4 Canary Birds 231

8.5 Other Birds 237

8.6 Rules with Inevitable Intrusions 242

9 Choice Receipts for Fabrics and Soaps 247

9.2 Dyeing 247

9.3 Making Soap, Etc. 252

9.4 Miscellaneous Practicalities 256

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