This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Model CookBook" book
This volume is dedicated to the busy American housewife, in the hope that its use will lighten her toil and prove to be a trusted helper in the numerous duties which she so nobly undertakes.
We believe that the pages of this book which are devoted to preparing appetizing and wholesome dishes will be welcomed as a great boon by many thousands of women, whether they do the work themselves or merely supervise it. The many recipes here compiled cover every variety of food and are easy to follow in practical use; the lists of ready-made menus for various kinds of meals will often be referred to, and this department will be found to contain valuable household recipes, and many general hints on serving and table-setting which distinguish this part of the work from the ordinary cook book.
Every woman will gratefully receive the department of this work which suggests attractive ways of fixing up her home. In the leisure time which she may have, if she makes good use of this book, she will take pleasure in planning, with its assistance, to try inexpensive changes in the house and its furnishings. It is wonderful how a new arrangement of furniture, pictures or hangings freshen up a bedroom or living-room and adds to the comfort of its occupants. This section of the work also indicates how flowers and pets may be kept without much trouble and with a great addition to the family total of enjoyment.
Workmen's bills for little jobs about the place are always a considerable item of expense to the average family. They can be cut down greatly if the woman or man or boys of the household learn how to use a few simple tools. It will be well worth while to study the chapters devoted to Practical Mechanics in this volume and to put them into practice whenever opportunity offers. Nearly everyone likes to make or mend things and this instinct, directed in the proper way, will produce results of lasting value.
The pleasure of life is largely increased by a recognition of the customs prevalent in polished and cultivated society and the laws of etiquette become important to all who have to meet others in social intercourse or in business relations. Nor is this department without practical benefits, for it is generally conceded that politeness makes many a hard thing more easily obtained and is greatly instrumental in winning friendships which are of real worth.
It is intended to enable her to guard her loved ones from the menace of diseases which lie in wait on every hand in daily life; to assist her in binding up the wounds of accidental injuries quickly and correctly so as to save many a case from resulting seriously or even fatally through otherwise unavoidable neglect and delay; to show her how to nurse the invalid or bed-ridden so that a speedy restoration to health may follow; and how to take care of her own precious health and her personal charms as nature intended them to be cared for.
"A man's work is from sun to sun but a woman's work is never done"
A Quiet Lullaby