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HOUSEHOLD WORDS: Women Write from and for the Kitchen

Preface from The Treasurie of Hidden Secrets
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from The Treasurie of Hidden Secrets:
Commonly called The Good-Housewives Closet of Provision
for the Health of her Household

by John Partridge
London: Printed for E.B. and R.B, 1627

Partridge's book departs from the cookery books of this period in several ways: he introduces experimental science into a field previously dominated by "secret" knowledge as the basis of the receipts; his receipts are intended for entertainment and pleasure and not for medicine; he promises to reveal secrets belonging to the "great estates . . . never before made public" and "for the profitable use of all estates both men and women." The book was extremely popular and in continuous publication until 1637.

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