The Hygienic Cook-Book
Jones, Mattie M.

New York: Miller, Wood, & Co., 1869. Second edition with an appendix containing mostly additional recipes. This is a fascinating volume that credits, as its “Preface” states, “our physical, mental, and moral conditions” in large part to a “hygienic diet” free of Some foxing and damp staining but the text throughout is still legible. Spine has worn away significantly but the stitched binding holds. Publisher’s ads printed on inside covers. A good copy of a scarce item. Publisher’s red paper covers printed with floral border. Twelvemo. 48 pp. (Item ID: 16650)


We could not find any information on Mattie M. Jones, including dates. However, OCLC also identifies her as the author of the essay “Women’s Dress: Its Moral and Physical Relations,” which was delivered as a lecture at the Women’s Health Convention in New York City in 1864 and published the following year by Miller, Wood, & Co. On the first page of the present volume’s “Preface,” Jones expresses her belief that healthy food equals good character: “It is but speaking the simple truth to say that fully one half the evil and misery which exists in the world, has its origin in improper dietetic habits.”

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