Photo of a house maid
from Canada's Prize Recipes
complied by the Canada Starch Co. Ltd.,
Among the family ephemera in the Treasure Box was this little cookbook.
In those days cookbooks weren't just a collection of recipes, but included all sorts of housewifey advice.
The Necessity of a Modern Kitchen,
The Value of Good Utensils (a list is included)
The Maid and Her Uniform
Correct Table Etiquette
How To Carve
The Feeding of Children
Table of Measurements
It's this housewifey advice which provides any researcher into a given era with useful information about domestic conventions and social attitudes.
Many of the recipes in this booklet were familiar; but I'd never heard of Magic Murphys, Roman Delight, English Monkey, or Angels on Horseback.
And, finally, I have a recipe to the bland pudding so often-referenced in novels: Blanc Mange.