Every housewife has a notably good way of doing certain things. When it became known that this book was being compiled, letters came to the editor from friends living in all sections, containing choice cooking recipe. and hints for the household, culled from practical, everyday experiences In many cases, the writers collected from their immediate friends, thus adding to their list. The province of this book, then, is to present a large number of these successes in a desirable form for daily reference. The different departments will be found sufficiently elaborate for almost any occasion in domestic life. For the special benefit of our sisterhood who unite the qualities of wives, mothers and housemaids, the easiest way has been selected, whenever a choice could be made, with that end in view.
The housewife whose means are unrestricted need not study little, harrowing details, trying to make one dollar do duty for five in providing for her table. But the masses must count their pennies and tighten their purse-strings when tempted to indulge the appetite beyond a prescribed limit. There are suggestions in these pages which, if carried out, will vary a bill of fare and make it pleasing to the eye and appetizing to the palate, at the smallest possible outlay of money.
In the section devoted to "Hash " there are directions for using up remnants of food that will go very far towards furnishing' the bulk of one meal per day to a family. These dishes are palatable, too, and very distinct from the often tasteless commodity known by that name.
The inexpensive Cake recipes in this book are good in every case, and the cakes, if eaten fresh, are as satisfactory as the more expensive ones. It is to be hoped they will be given a fair trial before being frowned upon. It was not the original purpose to introduce elaborate dishes; but as all families on special occasions require such, there are some interspersed.
"The Laundry" hints, if acted upon, will add years to the lives of our women who toil. This is actual knowledge. A woman with a house full of little ones, having but two hands to do the work which would give employment to six, must husband her strength if she would be spared to her children. It is worse than folly to devote ten hours to a task which may be accomplished in five. These aids will make that difference. Give them one month's trial, and the old ways will belong to the dead past, never to be revived.
The letter, "An Old Citizen to a Young Wife," is from the pen of the well-known author and poet, Mr. John McGovern.
The recipes in this book are National, having been gleaned from the extreme East, West, North and South, as well as from intermediate points.
In submitting this book to the public, it remains only to say that the most painstaking care has been exercised, and many months time devoted to the work, and it is hoped it will prove beneficial and eminently satisfactory to the busy housewife.