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The American Frugal Housewife: By Lydia Maria Francis Child - Illustrated Paperback – December 10, 2016
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About the Author
<DIV>Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880) was an American abolitionist, women's rights activist, Indian rights activist, novelist, and journalist. Her 1833 book An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans was the first anti-slavery work printed in America in book form, while her American Frugal Housewife, first published in 1828, was a wildly popular nineteenth-century manual for homemakers. Other works from Child, who is best remembered for her Thanksgiving poem "Over the River and Through the Woods," include The Mother's Book, The Girl's Own Book, and The Family Nurse.</DIV> --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The cook/recipe parts were a little more difficult to apply to modern life for the typical American housewife. Luckily, I am not! I learned quite a bit about how to best use my wood stove, saving goose drippings, making gravy which I never knew how to do before, saving food (for historical perspective, I would not save my meat in brine now days as I have a fine freezer, but it comes in handy if you don't have electricity I imagine), how long eggs keep without refrigeration (for the record I already knew this) and much more.
Although, I caution the reader on keeping fresh meat as she suggests, many of the other recipes for cooking food is fine. I did find that she tended to cook foul and fish too short for my personal taste. That is the only other exception I would ask that you look closely at.
I think electric refrigeration didn't reach the widest number of homes until the 1930s. Kinda handy to know about ice held food in times when the power can go out in the blink of an eye and stay out for days. My grandparents had an ice box, and they lived in New York City!
The household hints deal with cleaning with reused materials, and elbow grease. Kerosene lamps and carpets, old stove-black wood stoves. It's not comprehensive, but they were trying to reach housewives who were of limited incomes. I enjoy the sheer non-commercial sense of it.
I did receive this book for free, and I often see it on the free list, but I would have happily paid a few dollars for it. While it isn't a comprehensive guide to homemaking or homesteading, it has invaluable information that is laid out in a simple format.
I like the book because it has more ideas about living a minimalistic life and even tells you what you can do to help yourself in living that life, if that is what you desire.
I found it informational in the fact that the lady who wrote this book lived over a hundred years ago, but the things she says in this book, if done like she says, will save a lot of money and you will learn more about living a real life than you ever thought.
The recipes weren't in great detail, but since I already have a lot of cookbooks, that isn't the most important thing I was looking for in this book anyway.
If you enjoy reading about the old ways, want to learn how to save your hard earned money by the old ways, then this is the book for you.
I loved it.