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HOUSEHOLD WORDS: Women Write from and for the Kitchen

Carving Hints from Cookery as It Should Be
from Cookery as It Should Be
by anonymous
Philadelphia: W.P. Hazard, 1853
Written by a pupil of Mrs. Goodfellow's Cooking School in Philadelphia, believed to be the first in America, the author is anonymous. Goodfellow did not write her own cookbook, but this edition copyrighted in 1853 and enlarged in 1855 was reprinted in 1865 as Mrs. Goodfellow's Cookery as It Should Be. There is speculation that the book was written anonymously by Eliza Leslie, one of the most famous students of Mrs. Goodfellow's school. Both Goodfellow and Leslie were admired by the Quaker community for their emphasis on pure and wholesome foods.

The Introduction discusses the "very defective domestic education of American women" and insists that "an intellectual and domestic woman is most attractive." The book is written for middle-class American housewives whom the author sees as "uneducated in domestic matters. . . . The suggestions and receipts here given are the end of a practical housekeeper who has kept a manual and recommends all housekeepers to do the same."

Mary Ashbridge who owned the book has inscribed her name on the front cover and written recipes from other sources on the blank pages provided for that purpose.

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