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Pre WWI Cookery Manuscript by Hazel Drake, School 45 Desk 4 in Domestic Economics Class
Manuscript cookery book written by Hazel Drake and dated 14 September 1909 through 31 May 1910. Bound composition book comprised of 45 handwritten pages, 36 contemporary print recipes and household advertisements, and 20 printed assignments provided by the Department of Public Instruction. Notebook also contains 6 handwritten pages, 48 printed recipes loosely inserted into the back. Accompanied by two cookery manuals pasted into the book: [US Food Administration]. Best Wartime Recipes. (New York: Royal Baking Powder Company, 1917); and Wallace, Lilly Haxworth. Household Handbook Containing Reliable Hints and Suggestions for the Household (London: Rumford Chemical Works, n.d.). Black cloth spine and cardboard covers with original paper label to the front; front cover cracked and spine partially detached at the foot, with flyleaf and first page detached; textblock else tight. A rich resource of kitchen recipes, diagrams for table and service etiquette, menu plans, formulas for household cleaning products, first aid instructions and home medical remedies. Compiled by Hazel Drake, a high school student attending home economics classes in Buffalo, NY this book provides a wealth of insight on how young women were being trained in domestic management. In addition to her own handwritten notes and recipes, young Hazel pasted in numerous printed recipes and diagrams to supplement a notebook that she clearly used as a reference following her completion of the course. Each lesson is dated on the upper left corner; and Hazel typically initiated the class day with a handwritten reflection to the top (such as "The glory of life is to give, not to get; to serve, not to be served"; and "Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius"). The tops of various pages are marked with teachers' notes in blue pencil, commenting on the strength or weakness of Hazel's assignments and making recommendations for later improvements. The contents of Hazel's composition book reveal the layered expectations placed on women running homes at the time--as Hazel balances menu plans and recipes for everything from "Broiled Beefsteak" to "Donut Sponge Cake" with laundry-detergent formulas, instructions on unclogging drains to ensure a sanitary kitchen, and information on "Poultices" and emergency remedies. While the final handwritten pages conclude Hazel's 2-year course in school, the amount of inserted information as well as the two later cookbooks tipped into her manuscript suggest that she used the notebook as a reference guide into her adulthood. A rich resource with research possibilities including but not limited to cookery, diet and nutrition, economics, medicine, the history of education, and women's studies.
      [Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books]
Last Found On: 2018-01-08           Check availability:      Direct From Seller    


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