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The English Housewife


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Of the inward virtues which ought to be in every housewife - and first of her general knowledges both in physic and surgery, with plain approved medicines for health of the household, also the extraction of excellent oils fit for those purposes; of the outward and active knowledge of the housewife - and first of her skill in cookery, as sallats of all sorts, with flesh, fish, sauces, pastry, banqueting stuff, and ordering of great feasts; of distillations and their virtues, and of perfuming; the ordering, preserving, and helping of all sorts of wines, and first of the choice of sweet wines; of wool, hemp, flax, and cloth, and dyeing of colours, of each several substance, with all the knowledges belonging thereto; of dairies, butter, cheese, and the necessary things belonging to that office; the office of the maltster, and the several secrets and knowledges belonging to the making of malt; of the excellency of oats, and the many singular virtues and uses of them in a family; of the office of the brew-house, and the bake-house, and the necessary things belonging to the same.


"[The English Housewife] comes as close to a reconstruction of early modern English home life as scholars are likely to attain ... A splendid addition to the knowledge of early-17th-century life and labor." G.M. Straka, Choice

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