There are actually a few recipes I would consider trying, and a few that were just plain scary. I love old cookbooks, they really shed a light on how people lived and what was important to them in private life.
Wow, no worry about weight gain here. This book is great. The achievement of any women who managed these menu's on a weekly basis, without the help of servants, while wearing a dress is awesome.
A modern type cookbook in that the measurements and ingredients are available today. I actually made the coconut cake out of here, very good. Go ahead and read this, so you too can feel like a total kitchen slacker.
I didn't finish this book. I just couldn't get into it at all. I usually love contemporary accounts of historical events, but this book left me cold.
For some reason while reading this book I kept think of The Little House on the Prairie books. Not, that the stories have anything to do with one another. I think that it has more to do with writing style and the over all mood of the book. Its a simple story of poor girl that makes good and her experiences along the way. Her experiences have been sanitized to meet the expectations of the audience of 1901. Also I think it was her nature to see the better side of life and people. You know while reading this book that she knew real want, but she writes in such a matter of fact way about it that the story never gets cloying or maudlin. There are some good character sketches of some of the people the she worked with. The section about John Wilkes Booth was very interesting. it talks about him as an actor instead of a political figure. This is just a really sweet and easy read that held my interest, well worth the time.
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