The English Housewife

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1994 - History - 321 pages
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Markham reveals the "pretty and curious secrets" of preparing everything from simple foods to such elaborate meals as a "humble feast" - an undertaking which entails preparing "no less than two and thirty dishes, which is as much as can stand on one table." He instructs the housewife on brewing beer and caring for wine, growing flax and hemp for thread, and spinning and dyeing. As a housewife was also responsible for the health and "soundness of body" of her family, he includes advice on the prevention of everything from the plague to baldness and bad breath. No other source from this period provides the same richness of information in such a readable style. Michael Best's introduction and his abundant notes make The English Housewife readily accessible to the contemporary reader.
 

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He used alot of sources that were not orginally his and he actually admits he does a good job of taking information and condensing it and putting it all together, after reading the intro I wonder how ... Read full review

Contents

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VII
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IX
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X
137
XI
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XIII
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XIV
180
XV
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XVI
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XVII
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XVIII
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XIX
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XX
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XXI
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XXII
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Michael R. Best is Professor of English, University of Victoria.

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