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Early American Cookery: "The Good Housekeeper," 1841 Paperback – November 20, 1996
"100 Million Years of Food" by Stephen Le
A fascinating tour through the evolution of the human diet, and how we can improve our health by understanding our complicated history with food. Learn more
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In the preface to the first edition of this book, the author quoted foreigners as saying that "our climate is unhealthy; that the Americans have, generally, thin forms, sallow complexions, and bad teeth." However she believed these defects were caused by dietary problems, "such as using animal food to excess, eating hot bread, and swallowing our meals with steam-engine rapidity" rather than a rotten climate
This book was written to point out ways that American dietary deficiencies could be corrected. The author wanted to teach her readers "how to live well, and to be well while we live." She based her dietetic theories on the works of Dr. Andrew Combe of Edinburgh, and while some of the principles may seem out-dated to those of us who follow diet gurus such as Dr. Atkins, Jenny Craig, or Barry Sears, this author's notion of 'temperance in all things' is still valid--possibly more valid than starving ourselves with Slim-Fast, or low-fats and high carbs, or grapefruit and cabbage.
The author was definitely not a vegetarian. She quoted Scripture to prove that we were meant to eat meat, but in moderation. Most of the recipes in this book involve meat---everything from beef to turtle. For instance, to start a batch of rich mince meat, "Cut the root off a neat's tongue, rub the tongue well with salt, let it lie four days, wash it perfectly clean, and boil it till it becomes tender...Read more ›
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Love reading old recipe books. Reading about baking cakes and desserts are really interesting as they did not have a temperature gauge for their oven, only describing the oven as... Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Janet Griffis
I bought this cookbook cause I like to collect old cookbooks. And if you like to too? You will enjoy this cookbook. Marilyn from Remus, MichiganPublished on April 25, 2013 by marilyn
Miss. Sarah Married Into Our "Clan" As Said In Scotland.The Every~So ~Long First Review States How We,"Probably Would NOT Make Any Of The Dishes/Foods". Read morePublished on July 7, 2012 by cafeaulait
It's interesting to see how things used to be prepared and and the traditions that went with them. Miss them really.Published on January 30, 2010 by Love Firefly