Excerpt from The Homekeeper Never having seen all the cooks in the world, I cannot say, as some do, that there are no good cooks; but, of those I have seen, a large proportion know very little about good and wholesome cooking. As simple as is bread-making, all ought to make good bread; yet it is seldom seen. It is asserted that male cooks are superior to those of the other sex. It is doubted; and, if it appears so, the reason is, that male cooks are employed only where there is no restriction to the free use of every thing which the good cook needs. All women do not have the purse with which to purchase supplies. Give them four thousand dollars a year, as some hotel-cooks have, and plenty of the best materials to use, and not long time would it be before they could and would cook quite as well as the male cook, and withal, perhaps, quite as neatly. In families where bad cooking prevails, some one or other of the members is constantly sick. Such families have sallow complexions, owing to the enormous amount of saleratus in the food. This is an article which the good cook never uses: as well might one use calomel in bread-making. Some very worthy people are often troubled with "canker" in the mouth and stomach, as they call it, and suppose themselves afflicted with humors. They even go so far as to blame their ancestors for it. Let them leave off eating saleratus, and their "canker" will leave them, never to return. It is the cause of so many sore mouths and decayed teeth. It is sometimes said that our good Father sends us meats, and quite a different person the cooks. If those who are well do not like what their agent sends them, perhaps they would do better to try their own hand at it for once. It is very easy to attend to some kinds of machinery; and much of men's work is so divided into insignificant parts, he must be simple indeed not to do it well. But every part (and there are about a thousand of them) of housekeeping requires brains to do it, and not one is more important or difficult than all the branches of cooking. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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