This section is from the "A Bachelor's Cupboard" book, by John W. Luce.
"The Fate of Nations Depends upon How They Are Fed. " - Brillat-Savarin.
In stocking the cupboard there is much to be considered: whether the bachelor sports his own menage with a cook and butler and valet, or whether he has simply a humble flat which he shares with other men, presided over by a New England spinster maid - of - all - work of uncertain age, a capable Chinaman, a joyful " Jap," a " greaser," or a " cullud gen'leman," according to its locality. Whether it be a single man of means whose hotel furnishes him with a kitchenette and a cold storage box in his apartment, or one of " the hallroom boys " who has his larder in a shoe box, nailed to the window ledge, a mental process is essential.
In the process of elimination the bachelor with his own menage may be " cut out." He knows what he wants - and if he doesn't, then his butler does. For the others, and the impecunious bachelor mentioned in another chapter, a little gratuitous advice may not be amiss, particularly since it is contributed by scores of bachelors who are guilty of various degrees of housekeeping and by some artists who have the science of hiding a complete housekeeping outfit behind a Japanese screen down pat.
" Blessed be nothing " so far as possessions are concerned ; for there is nothing like starting on a " clean slate," as it were.
The bachelors who live in a flat are hard people to deal with when it comes to furnishing the kitchen, for each one has his own pet ideas, culled from nothing in particular, as to what the furnishings of kitchen, dining-room and pantry should include.
My sympathies are with the " hallroom boy" who has limited space, limited means, limited acquaintance. To him, stocking his cupboard often becomes a tragedy, because of his inability to distinguish in his blessed inexperience between necessities and luxuries. Some there are who decide that they can do without necessities but must have luxuries. Supposing then, that he is " the bachelor impecunious " who has his quarters nicely fitted up for permanent occupation, save the things necessary for that closet which he will have for his " kitchenette and pantry " and is going to stock up on the utensils and supplies necessary for his use in providing his own breakfast, and an occasional Sunday spread or little supper for his friends. The stocking of the cupboard may be divided into three classes: the service, the utensils for cooking, etc., and the supplies. In ordinary cases the following list will be sufficient. The bachelor should remember if the first cost seems a bit large, although it eats a tremendous hole in his week's salary, that it is the first cost that counts; for the dishes will last, likewise the condiments " and sich," most of which will keep indefinitely.