Nineteenth Century Frugality

One of my favorite websites is The Food Timeline. It’s always fun to browse through the centuries and discover when people began eating what. Today, with Mrs. Beeton still on my mind, I skimmed the timeline for cookbooks, and I found The Frugal Housewife. It’s subtitle is Dedicated to Those Who Are Not Ashamed of Economy, and it was written in 1830 by Lydia Maria Francis Child. Mrs. Child wrote novels before producing her domestic manual, which was unique in that it catered to people of poor or moderate income.

Here’s a page from the Introductory Chapter:

Don’t you want to read the rest? I do. Thanks to the Feeding America online collection, we can read it on our monitors right now. Or, for those who like to hold a book in their hands, you can order it under the title The American Frugal Housewife. Of course, reading it online for free would be more frugal . . . but, oh, there’s nothing like the feel of a book!


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