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The American Frugal Housewife (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  829 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Work from the 19th Century American abolitionist and women's rights activist.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 31st 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1833)
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Susan
My best friend gave me this book because she knew I'd appreciate it, both for the historical context and the frugality. It's fun to read and full of interesting nineteeth-century housekeeping trivia, such as "Green tea is excellent to restore rusty silk." Mrs. Child is the Heloise of 1833. She is also a philosopher: "Extravagance has prevented many marriages, and rendered still more unhappy." I recommend this book.
Doreen Petersen
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This book was just okay. Not great but not bad either. Descriptions of daily life in the early 1800s. Hard to say whether I would recommend or not. I guess everyone will just have to judge for themselves.
Sarah Anne Carter
How did housewives clean and cook in the early 1800s? I picked up this book to find out. However, I didn’t learn as much as I wanted because it’s almost written in a different language. Lost to us is having ashes to make lye, having bear or goose grease, finding whortleberries or having loaf sugar on hand.
While I found several good tips about cleaning and cooking, I would really like to see a “translation” of this book published. What is the equivalent to whortleberries today? Burnt alum? Oil of
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Shawn
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This provided a wonderful glimpse into early- to mid-19th Century life. The book is a collection of wisdom and practical advice to help the American housewife of the time make the most of all resources. Economical use of time, money, and material was the prime virtue promoted in this manuscript.

Of particular interest to me were the numerous recipes. Some seem rather ordinary, such as pancakes or pickles, but others, such as carrot pie or calf's foot jelly, are rather unusual in out time. There
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Aslynn
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An "old time" book that talks a great deal about cooking, home remedies, soap making, and general tips for caring for though home, though many of these are quite outdated. For instance, the author speaks of taking apart a mattress to freshen it, but mattresses are certainly no longer made the way they were back then.

More than half of the book, however, talks about cooking and other associated topics, which is one of the reasons I liked it so much. If you enjoy cooking from scratch or baking, you
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Rebecca Lewitt
Vintage but interesting

The philosophy of it is fascinating and surprisingly relevant. The recipes and home remedies perhaps less so. I enjoyed it for its historical value as well ad its practical ideas.
Abigail
Nov 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, owned
This book gives an interesting insight into life in the 1830's. It is a tough read however due to different vocabulary and terms that are no longer used. It's also a difficult read because so much information is thrown at you all at once, all the ways of helping with lockjaw for example, that you find yourself beginning to drown a bit.

Some people have complained about the section on "Educating daughter" and how it basically tells women they should be good little wives and stay home. Honestly, I
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Shari Larsen
This book, written in 1832, was a freebie on Kindle. is collection of household hints, recipes and advice on being thrifty. It was an interesting read, from a historical aspect. Some of the ideas are outdated now, such as her advice on how to raise daughters (which is basically training them how to be wives and mothers) but it was an interesting look into how ordinary people lived their day to day lives back then.

The home remedies were also interesting to read about; a few we still use today, bu
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Erika Mulvenna
An interesting peek into what Lydia Maria Child deems as "frugal" housekeeping in 1833. This volume also includes the text, Hints to Persons of Moderate Fortune, in which a chapter titled Education of Daughters stresses how girls should be taught from a young age that their place is in the home as homemakers, not outside the home in the public sphere of men. After reading that Lydia Maria Child was an Abolitionist and women's rights activist in her day, I was surprised at her frequent and repeat ...more
Liz Jennings
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick office of management of a great day today but I'll let him

go back and forth between a few days to go out for me know when you're ready in time and space administration is that a direct shortcut the same way I am so you have an amazing and the other side to go out with the best of them are going to work with the new year old girl who is this a few times but I don't know if you're interested and I have no idea how are things with the same thing to work out with you in town and forth to work
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Lydia Maria Child (1802--1880) was an activist and writer of novels, pamphlets, and works for children. She often used her writing to advocate for slaves, women, and Native Americans. Lydia Maria Child was born in Medford, Massachusetts, where her grandfather’s house, which she celebrates in her poem, still stands.
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“Nations do not plunge at once into ruin - governments do not change suddenly - the causes which bring about the final blow, are scarcely perceptible in the beginning; but they increase in numbers, and in power; they press harder and harder upon the energies and virtue of a people; and the last steps only are alarmingly hurried and irregular. A republic without industry, economy, and integrity, is Samson shorn of his locks. A luxurious and idle republic! Look at the phrase! - The words were never made to be married together; every body sees it would be death to one of them.” 2 likes
“Do not make children cross-eyed, by having hair hang about their foreheads, where they see it continually.” 2 likes
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