The Farmer’s wife, or, Complete country housewife : containing … to which is added the art of breeding and managing song birds in general, likewise a variety of receipts in cookery, and other particulars well worthy the attention of women of all ranks residing in the country.
Whew! What a title! I’ve been meaning to come back to this book for some time. Published in 1780, the author’s target audience is the English farmer housewife. The idea of mixing animal husbandry, recipes, and home brewing into one manuscript is novel. Below is the front matter. You’ll notice right away that the printing style is different than that of the late 1800s. Another noteworthy aspect is the Contents, which is arranged alphabetically instead of by category of food (e.g., soups, meat, etc.). Cookbooks went through several distinct organizational phases, including: alphabetical, category, menu, and calendar.
Question: If you were to put together a parallel cookbook title for surviving in modern times, what might it include?
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…And other Particulars well worthy the Attention of Women of all Ranks residing in the COUNTRY.
Instructions, full and plain, we give,
To teach the Farmer’s Wife,
With Satisfaction, how to live,
The happy Country Life.