The Housekeepers' Friend. A Cook Book, Containing Plain Directions for all the Dishes Usually Placed on a Well Ordered American Table.

Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Publishing Company, 1890.

Octavo, 351 pages + index. It remains unclear if this is the first edition of this work, or a later, much expanded issue of a book published in Buffalo in 1878, with the similar title, The Housekeepers' Friend, Containing Valuable Receipts. The earlier publication, significantly shorter at 96 pages, was credited to George L. Packer, Grocer, but does not reveal the publisher or printer. OCLC contains a record of the earlier work, but does not indicate an institution, so no comparison is possible at this time. This 1890 Housekeepers' Friend is a thorough and well-written book, aimed simultaneously at the middle class homemaker seeking to manage a household and to the cook in their employ. It is set in an era of prosperity. In a section titled " What Must Always be Done, and What Must Never be Done," the author offers this, "And last, though not least, be teachable' be always desirous to learn - never be ashamed to ask for information, lest you should appear to be ignorant." Hinges tender, some wear to front fly, otherwise very good in slightly worn burgundy cloth. Blanks at rear for "Additional Recipes" contain three handwritten recipes in pencil: Mrs. Cleveland's Fruit Cake, Wine Jelly, and Cabbage Slaw. Scarce. [OCLC locates only one copy (Buffalo and Erie County Public Library); not in Bitting, Brown, or Cagle].

Price: $200.00
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