Dover (2001) unabridged republication of the third edition originally published by Harper & Brothers, Publishers, New York, 1858. Introduction to the Dover Edition by Jan Longone. 40 black-and-white figures. Index. 336pp. 5.375 x 8.5 inches. Paperbound. ISBN 0-486-41575-9.
Born into the brilliant Beecher family of New England (daughter of famed preacher Lyman Beecher and sister of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry Ward Beecher), Catharine Beecher (1800-1878) became one of the most prominent and respected authors of her time, and a pioneer in the women's education movement. With The Domestic Receipt-Book in 1846 (along with her 1841 A Treatise on Domestic Economy, which emphasized the importance of a scientific background as the basis for running the home), she practically single-handedly established home economics as a discipline.
Designed to make life easier and better for the average homemaker, this very popular book on cookery and household management raised woman's role in the kitchen and in the household arts to a new level. Brimming with over 200 pages of “receipts,” or recipes, and written in “short, simple and perspicuous language,” Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt-Book includes detailed instructions for making everything from rice griddle cakes, royal crumpets, and sassafras jelly to pickled nasturtions [sic], codfish relish, mutton hash, and mock turtle soup. Readers will also find useful advice for cutting up a hog, making “crayons” for blackboards, preparing tables for dinner parties, and much more. Enhanced with a new Introduction by cookbook authority Jan Longone, this classic American cookbook will delight cooks, students of culinary history, antiquarians, nostalgia enthusiasts, and any homemaker interested in the kitchens and cookery of the past.
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