Common Sense in the Household: A Manual of Practical Housewifery

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This is a practical guide to running a household in 1883. Marion Harland not only walks us through a number of important topics such as how to select and manage servants and organise a dinner party (best engage a good caterer), but also includes a number of recipes. Even today's listeners may find a new favourite dish among the recipes contained in this volume. - Summary by Carolin (15 hr 33 min)


Introductory of Revised Edition 3:14 Read by Dusty Brailsford
Familiar Talk with my Fellow-Housekeeper and Reader 25:13 Read by Foon
Soups - Vegetable Soups 17:20 Read by VelmaCariss
Soups - Meat Soups 19:10 Read by VelmaCariss
Soups - Fish Soups 9:33 Read by VelmaCariss
Fish 35:31 Read by BettyB
Shell-Fish 23:00 Read by BettyB
Poultry 32:56 Read by Jude Somers
Meats 18:36 Read by BettyB
Mutton and Lamb 10:14 Read by Foon
Veal 27:32 Read by BettyB
Pork 22:30 Read by Linda Burke
Pork - Sausage and Ham 25:35 Read by BettyB
Company 12:16 Read by ADKreader
Game - Venison 17:19 Read by Nemo
Game - Rabbits or Hares 8:18 Read by Nemo
Game - Squirrels 4:12 Read by Nemo
Game - Pheasants, Partridges, Quails Grouse, etc. 8:48 Read by Nemo
Game - Wild Ducks and Wild Turkey 5:51 Read by Nemo
Game - Small Birds 4:34 Read by Nemo
Sauces for Meat and Fish 15:52 Read by Kathleen Moore
Catsups and Flavored Vinegars 13:43 Read by Kathleen Moore
Salads 17:56 Read by Kathleen Moore
Vegetables - Potatoes 16:40 Read by Kathleen Moore
Vegetables - Cabbage 7:25 Read by Kathleen Moore
Vegetables - Cauliflower, etc. 13:16 Read by TracyB
Vegetables - Onions, etc. 21:44 Read by TracyB
Vegetables - Beans, Rice, etc. 25:27 Read by TracyB
Eggs 20:08 Read by BettyB
Milk, Butter, Cheese, etc. 12:05 Read by BettyB
Bread 28:13 Read by BettyB
Bread - Rolls and Biscuit 16:54 Read by BettyB
Bread - Muffins 5:31 Read by Claudia Salto
Bread - Corn Bread 10:58 Read by BettyB
Bread - Griddle-Cakes, Waffles, etc. 13:05 Read by BettyB
Cake 31:14 Read by BettyB
Cookies, etc. 20:23 Read by BettyB
Pies 32:38 Read by BettyB
Servants 23:25 Read by MaryAnn
Puddings, part 1 23:47 Read by MaryAnn
Puddings, part 2 24:19 Read by MaryAnn
Fritters, Pancakes, etc. 7:26 Read by BettyB
Sweet, or Pudding Sauces 9:02 Read by BettyB
Custards, Blanc-Mange, Jellies, and Creams 30:58 Read by BettyB
Ice-cream and other Ices 15:57 Read by BettyB
Ripe Fruit for Dessert 6:10 Read by Piotr Nater
Preserves and Fruit Jellies - Preserves 22:44 Read by ADKreader
Preserves and Fruit Jellies - Fruit Jellies 5:35 Read by ADKreader
Canned Fruits and Vegetables 8:01 Read by BettyB
Brandied Fruits and Candies 3:14 Read by BettyB
Pickles 19:46 Read by BettyB
Drinks 18:26 Read by Piotr Nater
The Sick-Room 29:44 Read by MaryAnn
The Nursery 9:34 Read by sunshinealways
Sundries 20:48 Read by BettyB