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Practical Housekeeping, 1881
Antique Recipes

Ice-Cream Cake from Practical Housekeeping, aka Buckeye Cookery, 1884

Ice-Cream Cake from Practical Housekeeping, aka Buckeye Cookery, 1884: Here are two antique recipes from one of the most famous, and most historical, Buckeye Cookery or Practical Housekeeping, 1877, 1889, 1884.

Ice-Cream Cake from Practical Housekeeping, 1884

Ice-Cream Cake from Practical Housekeeping, 1884

Of course we have the cookbook. See it here: https://www.vintagecookbook.com/product/buckeye-cookery-or-practical-housekeeping-1877-1884/

Buckeye Cookery or Practical Housekeeping, 1877, 1884: I think I’ve had about 12 copies of Buckeye Cookery in the 20 years I’ve been dealing with old cookbooks. Literally every one of them has been covered with heavy, glued-on paper or oilcloth. The book must have come with instructions for pasting on a “protective” cover. Of course, the protective cover usually has turned into a grimy mess over the 120+ years of the cookbook’s existence. (See image!) This copy of Buckeye Cookery had the oil cloth cover, but it is still in pretty good shape, with some lingering newsprint. The cover is in great shape. At least you can tell the boards are covered with dark green linen. The hinges are weak, but holding. The pages are all uniformly tanned, but otherwise perfect. I don’t this this cookbook was ever read. It certainly was never used. Wonderful gift potential! The recipient will be delighted!
The cookbook was compiled by Estelle Woods Wilcox. The original 1877, 1880 full title, of course, was Buckeye Cookery, with Hints on Practical Housekeeping, Revised and Enlarged. Copyright 1881 by The Housekeeper Corporation, Minneapolis, Minn. 536 pages. A brief history of Buckeye Cookery is posted on the Michigan State University’s wonderful “Feeding America” website, here: http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/cookbooks/html/books/book_33.cfm. With this edition, the publisher changed the book’s title to just Practical Housekeeping, with an explanation of the new title on the back of the title pages. (See image.) They also changed the publisher’s name from The Housekeeper Corporation to the Buckeye Publishing Company, obviously to keep the word Buckeye associated with the cookbook.
This is a gossipy, preachy, and often charming cookbook. The dedication is, “To Those PLUCKY HOUSEWIVES who master their work instead of allowing it to master them, this book is dedicated.” Don’t skip the “Fragments” chapter with its advice on using leftovers, the explanation about why Mother’s soup tastes so good, and more.