The topics in this volume are so arranged that they can be followed in sequence as the course of study develops through the year, with such modifications as seem necessary to the teacher in order that the work may best meet the needs of the pupils. The practice has become/quite general of beginning the practical work in the autumn with the preparation and preservation of fruit, especially for those pupils who have had previous work in foods; and this plan commends itself as being seasonable and as making an appeal to the interest of the pupils. The opening chapters furnish material that is in part preliminary and that may also be studied as the practical work progresses from Chapter V (Water And Other Beverages) onward. The preparation of a meal need not be deferred until all types of dishes have been cooked singly, as it is possible to prepare a luncheon box, to set an invalid tray, or to serve a simple breakfast quite early in the course, provided the equipment permits. If the school program allows, it is well to give a period to recitation at stated intervals, which would include a discussion of the text and of problems that arise from the laboratory work. The cost of food is a topic to be borne in mind throughout the year. It is an excellent plan for the pupils to record the current prices of each food material as it is used, and the cost of a given dish for a given number of people, the topic culminating in a detailed discussion when the chapter on the cost of food is read. A similar method may be pursued in connection with the nutritive values of food, the theme developing from lesson to lesson, until the pupils are ready for the chapter on menus and dietaries. An occasional lesson on housewifery or laundering may be introduced from time to time, if a complete sequence of lessons on these topics does not seem practicable; and through the year the pupils may be encouraged to keep simple accounts for themselves and in connection with the supplies of the school kitchen. Those teachers are fortunate who may cooperate with a school lunch room, thus affording their pupils opportunity for dealing with practical administrative and economic problems. The way in which the topics are used must of necessity vary with the previous experience of the pupils, whether or not they have had cookery, chemistry, and physiology, and the teacher will use the exercises at the end of the chapters with freedom, omitting some questions, and adding others as the need arises.
The following references will prove useful to teachers in developing the different topics of the volume: Laboratory Handbook for Dietetics - Mary S. Rose.
Chemistry of Food and Nutrition - Sherman,
Food Products - Sherman.
Science of Nutrition - Lusk.
The World's Commercial Products - Freeman and Chandler.
Elementary Household Chemistry - Snell.
Nutritional Physiology - Stiles.
Household Bacteriology - Buchanan.
Bacteria, Yeasts, and Molds in the Home - Conn.
Microbiology - Marshall.
Household Physics - Lynde.
Selection and Preparation of Food - Bevier and Van Meter.
Principles of Cookery - Anna M. Barrows.
Technique of Cookery - M. B. Van Arsdale.
Cost of Living - Ellen H. Richards.
Cost of Food - Ellen H. Richards.
Cost of Shelter - Ellen H. Richards.
Cost of Cleanness - Ellen H. Richards.
Standards of Living - Chapin.
The New Housekeeping - Frederick.
Increasing Home Efficiency - Martha B. and Robert W,
Bruere. Household Hygiene - S. Maria Elliott. Household Management - Bertha E. Terrill. The Expert Waitress - Larned. Laundry Manual - Balderston and Limerick. Bulletins of the U. S. Department of Agriculture.