The Housekeeper’s Friend, or Manual of Cookery. By a Lady.

[ Norwich: [ Printed by Jarrold and Sons, [ 1852 ]. First edition of a work containing early recipes for a lady’s toilette, including lip-salve,bandoline (a sort of hair styling cream made from a few piece of gum dragon, cold water, and beaten with a silver fork), pomade, cold cream, and vegetable soa Spine a bit toned. Very slight rubbing to corners, minor soiling to cloth. Extremely light foxing. A near fine copy Publisher’s brown cloth, lettered in gilt and stamped decoratively in blind. Edges sprinkled red, yellow coated endpapers. Octavo. x, 78 pp. (Item ID: 16496)


We were unable to find any information about the author of The Housekeeper’s Friend, including his or her real name or dates. The present work contains over one hundred recipes for food dishes and domestically useful concoctions (i.e. furniture paste, brass paste, plate paste, potpourri) including brown mock turtle soup, lemon and orange jelly, fairy cake, lobster sauce, ginger wine, pea soup, custard, and collared eel. These are followed by an additional twenty-one recipes for sauces, cakes, and pickled items. The work concludes with a list of seasonal foods, suggested dishes for a four-course meal, and the author’s remarks.

OCLC lists only six copies, two in the United States at the University of Utah and the Library of Virginia.

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