The English Housewife
Michael R. Best
McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1994 - Family & Relationships - 321 pages
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
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 much of the work is really his. However the section on how to heal things like, burns is hilarious and I wonder how the poor victims of this cure turned out.
Review: The English HousewifeUser Review - Goodreads
This is a must-have book for anyone who wants to understand daily life for women in the 17th century. This book is filled with useful information on cookery, laundry, cosmetics, clothing, etc ...