The Good Housekeeper
by Sarah Josepha Hale, 1841

The Good Housekeeper (Dover)

Early American Cookery: “The Good Housekeeper,” 1841 by Sarah Josepha Hale.

Unabridged Dover (1996) republication of The Good Housekeeper, or The Way to Live Well, and To Be Well While We Live, as published by Otis, Broaders, and Company, Boston, 1841 (6th ed.). Prefaces. Contents. Table of Weights and Measures. New Introduction by Janice (Jan) Bluestein Longone. 160pp. 5.375 x 8 inches. Paperbound. ISBN-10: 0-486-29296-7. ISBN-13: 978-0-486-29296-0.

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Notes from the Publisher

This delightful early Victorian cookbook allows today's cooks, readers and food-lovers to enter the intriguing world of the mid-19th-century homemaker. Written by Sarah Josepha Hale, best known as editor of Godey's Lady's Book, was designed to “promote the health, comfort and prosperity” of American families.

Writing with extensive knowledge and unusual sensitivity, Mrs. Hale offers instruction on how to “preserve … health,” and stresses frugal management. Throughout, the clearly written text underscores the importance of preparing wholesome food. Interestingly, Mrs. Hale's recommendations for a healthy diet vary little from current guidelines. (Among her suggestions: avoid rich gravies, maintain a spare diet, eat slowly and drink liquor in moderation.)

Readers will also find instructions for preparing scores of tasty and economical dishes (pickled salmon, squash pie, sweet potato pudding, beef stew and much else), suplemented with helpful hints on how to keep meat fresh during the winter (before modern refrigeration), how to smoke hams and fish, wash carpets, remove freuit and wine stains, clean marble and brass, treat earaches and sore throats, deal with hired help and more.

Reprinted complete and unabridged, with a new Introduction by Jan Longone reviewing the author's long and remarkable life, this charming homemaker's guide will delight cookbook collectors, Americana buffs and anyone interested in recipes with an early American flavor.

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