What I Know; or, The Economical Cook And House-Book: Hints on the Daily Duties of a Housekeeper, Comprising Nearly Five Hundred Receipts for Cooking, Preserving, Pickling, Washing, Ironing, Gardening, Plain and Fancy Needle-Work, Putting Up of Winter Stores, and Numerous Other Receipts, Useful and Needful in Every Well-Regulated Household.
What I Know; or, The Economical Cook And House-Book: Hints on the Daily Duties of a Housekeeper, Comprising Nearly Five Hundred Receipts for Cooking, Preserving, Pickling, Washing, Ironing, Gardening, Plain and Fancy Needle-Work, Putting Up of Winter Stores, and Numerous Other Receipts, Useful and Needful in Every Well-Regulated Household.

What I Know; or, The Economical Cook And House-Book: Hints on the Daily Duties of a Housekeeper, Comprising Nearly Five Hundred Receipts for Cooking, Preserving, Pickling, Washing, Ironing, Gardening, Plain and Fancy Needle-Work, Putting Up of Winter Stores, and Numerous Other Receipts, Useful and Needful in Every Well-Regulated Household.


“To the women of America, therefore, I commend this volume, confident that its purchase, perusal and use, will be found a true economy, enabling them to devote more time to works which will minister to a higher need.” (Preface) Written by a Quaker woman, this scarce cookbook and domestic house-helper made its first appearance in 1856; this appears to be the final edition published.

Through science and technology, Nicholson is aiming to elevate women, at least those with some means, those of an aspirant middle class: “Mothers of rising families can command much more leisure for higher and nobler duties.” Fortuitously for these women, “philosophy and chemistry” (gas cooking in particular) have all come together to aid women. “The sciences, heretofore brought to bear only upon massive machinery, have descended to aid woman in the thousand details of her daily task-work.”

Nicholson gives a nod to a Philadelphia audience: a Philadelphia gas merchant, a regional orchard owner (p150), cooking implements to purchase from local merchants, listing names and addresses (p98-99) and a recipe for Philadelphia Buns, albeit one next to the vigorously-competing Burlington [N.J.] Buns recipe. Other local connections are likely found within.

This compendium presents all of the hints and helps and instructions usually imagined to be found under such a catch-all title; including a healthy sliver devoted to knitting, netting and crochet. The OCLC returns five locations: NYU, Iowa, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, AAS, MSU.


Description: What I Know; or, The Economical Cook And House-Book: Hints on the Daily Duties of a Housekeeper, Comprising Nearly Five Hundred Receipts for Cooking, Preserving, Pickling, Washing, Ironing, Gardening, Plain and Fancy Needle-Work, Putting Up of Winter Stores, and Numerous Other Receipts, Useful and Needful in Every Well-Regulated Household.

Philadelphia : J.W. Bradley, 48 N. Fourth Street., 1860, 160pp. Small octavo. Fourth edition, revised and enlarged. Publisher’s cloth. Foxing, scattered stains; a good sound copy.

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Lowenstein (3rd ed.) 834. For the first edition, see Cagle & Stafford 570. OCLC: NYU, Iowa, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, AAS, MSU.


Price: $125.00

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