All the receipts embodied in this book have been tested and are therefore reliable. They have been gleaned from many sources in many lands. Some of them have been recorded under the difficulty of translating those foreign idioms which correspond to our " fist of flour," " some butter " or "as much sugar as you think it needs "; many have been given by friends, to whom I here return my thanks; some are heirlooms, handed down by thrifty New England housewives, while others come from the old homes of the South; others still have been cut from newspapers, here and there in the odd corners of the world to which my travels have taken me.
To those who are constantly changing their abode and cannot therefore enjoy the conveniences of a settled home, like the families of army and navy officers, the suggestions and simple remedies of Part II may mean all the difference between comfort and discomfort.
It is the aim of this book to introduce into American households some of the toothsome dishes of other lands; and to suggest to the American housewife that she make use of the best cookery of New England, the South and the "West, - for the distinctive dishes of these regions should be known and enjoyed throughout the land.
Mary Louise Barroll. Washington, September, 1913.