Domestic Cookery, Useful Receipts, and Hints to Young Housekeepers

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(4.4 stars; 7 reviews)

The compiler of [this book] having entered early in life upon a train of duties, was frequently embarrassed by her ignorance of domestic affairs. For, whilst receipt books for elegant preparations were often seen, those connected with the ordinary, but far more useful part of household duties, were not easily procured; thus situated, she applied to persons of experience, and embodied the information collected in a book, to which, since years have matured her judgment, she has added much that is the result of her own experiments.

Familiar, then, with the difficulties a young housekeeper encounters, when she finds herself in reality the mistress of an establishment, the Authoress offers to her young countrywomen this Work, with the belief that, by attention to its contents, many of the cares attendant on a country or city life, may be materially lessened; and hoping that the directions are such as to be understood by the most inexperienced, it is respectfully dedicated to those who feel an interest in domestic affairs.
Summary by the Authoress. (8 hr 47 min)


Advertisement to the Third Edition & Introductory Address 2:53 Read by Gesine
Meats and Poultry 42:20 Read by Martin Clifton
Soups 7:26 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Fish, Oysters, &c.; 16:23 Read by Zale Schafer (Rose May Chamberlin Memorial Foundat
Vegetables 21:55 Read by Lisa Chau
Bread, &c.; 47:56 Read by Peter Yearsley
Pies, Puddings, Cakes, &c.; 43:22 Read by Deborah Clark
Syrups, Ices, &c.; 7:39 Read by Deborah Clark
Cakes 22:36 Read by Kristen McQuillin
Preserves, Jellies, &c.; 39:51 Read by Cori Samuel
Cordials, Wines, Vinegar, Pickles, &c.; 37:17 Read by Peter Yearsley
To Cure Bacon, Beef, Pork, Sausage, &c.; 18:36 Read by Chris Vee
Butter, Cheese, Coffee, Tea, &c.; 15:04 Read by Kathy
Lard, Tallow, Soap and Candles 13:32 Read by Betsie Bush
Miscellaneous Receipts 51:27 Read by Kristen McQuillin
Simple Remedies 1:24:50 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Food for the Sick 13:32 Read by Chris Vee
Domestics 10:51 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Remarks 25:24 Read by Marlo Dianne
Cultivation of Flowers 4:12 Read by Deborah Clark


Useful information from yesteryear

(5 stars)

This Cookbook is a useful book. I found some of the information to be very yesteryear;for example there is a section on Vegetables that explains how to boil corn for thirty minutes and older corn for one hour. I boil corn for just 20 minutes or less. This book is educational to a degree. There was several readers, however, all were easy to listen to. Peter Yearsley read the "Bread" section wonderfully...he is my favorite reader. All in all, a very enjoyable book! Thank you to ALL of the readers of this book!

Old Time Remedies and Recipes

(4 stars)

Want to know the most economical way to make your own lye soap? It's in here. There are a lot of recipes that sound delicious, and medicines that are definitely toxic, so be careful. It's recommended for homesteading and preppers.