This volume is entirely different from my former work of "Directions for Cookery," though sometimes strangely mistaken for it; an error which no person can commit after seeing both. These new receipts form a continuation or sequel to the other book, but are in no instance the same, even when their titles are similar. A large number have been obtained from the South, and from ladies noted for their skill in housewifery. Many were dictated by colored cooks, of high reputation in the art, for which nature seems to have gifted that race with a peculiar capability. Some very fine receipts in this collection are of French origin: their titles are translated into our own language. A large number are designed for elegant tables, and an equal proportion for families who live well, but moderately, and for such as find it expedient to keep house in a manner very plain and economical. The corn-meal preparations will be found unusually good, embracing every method in which this most valuable staple can be prepared; and particularly that for Indian mush, an article which, simple as it is, is seldom made properly, or rather wholesomely.

I must call the attention of my young readers to a chapter, (page 365,) comprising lists of articles for breakfasts, dinners, and suppers, to suit small and large families respectively; designating such things as are proper to go together, and are in season at the same time.

Since the first appearance of my other book of "Directions for Cooking," I have obtained new and fresh accessions of valuable knowledge, and new receipts for cooking not embraced in my former book, connected with the domestic improvement of my countrywomen, all of which I have been careful to note down, as they presented themselves, and to carefully try and have them fully tested, and have now given them all in this work - minutely explaining them in language intelligible to all persons.

Let these new receipts be fairly and faithfully tried, and I trust that few, if any, will cause any disappointment whatever in the result.

The utmost I need hope for the present volume, is equal suo-cess with its predecessor.

To prevent misapprehension of their titles, it may be well to State that my three present chief works on domestic economy are the present work, named "NEW RECEIPTS FOR COOKING," which contains all my newest and latest receipts on the subject, the "Directions for Cookery," and the "House Book," the last being a manual for all other branches of housewifery, excluding that of the table.

Eliza Leslie.

Philadelphia, May 1st, 1854.