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HOUSEHOLD WORDS: Women Write from and for the Kitchen

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The True Way of Preserving & Candying
by Mary Tillinghast
London: Printed for the author, 1695


This book was probably produced as publicity for a cooking school specializing in the art of confectionery. It prefigures the later specialized books produced for women who by the early eighteenth century were making careers as suppliers of sweetmeats. Although the introduction does not name her, bibliographers have credited Mary Tillinghast as the author.

There is a more informal tone to this book than many of its kind, often addressing the reader directly, "You may make..." or "You can..." interspersed with the imperative form of the verb, "Take," "Beat," the most frequent opening of these texts.

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