Published in 1861 in Hamilton, Ontario, this volume in the American Antiquarian Cookbook Collection is an early example of Canadian cookery, compiled from the best available English, French, and American recipes and adapted to Canadian kitchens.
The content of The Canadian Housewife’s Manual of Cookery owes much to contemporary cookbooks published in America, England, and France. There are several hundred recipes including soups, sauces, fish, meats, poultry, eggs, game, vegetables, puddings, pancakes, fritters, pastry, cakes, bread, sweets, salads, ale, beer, and summer drinks. In addition, the book contains a chapter on homemade concoctions for various illnesses, information on maintaining a dairy and cheese-making, keeping chickens, and ten pages of advertisements for everything from newspapers and books to jewelry, foodstuffs, patent remedies, and clothing. The recipes include a new emphasis on local produce such as squash, pumpkins, and tomatoes, and the general tone is one of sensible economy. The books urges housewives to “make the home the sweet refuge of a husband fatigued by intercourse with a jarring world.” This edition of Canadian Housewife’s Manual of Cookery was reproduced by permission from the volume in the collection of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts. Founded in 1812 by Isaiah Thomas, a Revolutionary War patriot and successful printer and publisher, the Society is a research library documenting the life of Americans from the colonial era through 1876. The Society collects, preserves, and makes available as complete a record as possible of the printed materials from the early American experience. The cookbook collection includes approximately 1,100 volumes.
Winifred Fortescue was an actress who rubbed shoulders with the likes of Jerome K. Jerome and George Bernard Shaw when she married Sir John Fortescue, the King’s librarian and archivist and famous historian of the British Army. Tempted by a better climate and the cheaper cost of living, they left England and found a stone house amid olive groves, high in the hills above Nice. Almost at once they were bewitched by the landscape and especially their garden—delightful terraces of vines, wild flowers, roses, and lavender—and by the charming, warm-hearted, and wily Provençals. Winifred’s witty account of life with stonemasons, craftsmen, and gardeners as they extend the house is an enchanting read.
There’s an old saying, “In order to have friends you must first show yourself to be friendly.” I say, “To be loved by one person is a blessing. To be admired and loved by three is definitely a gift.”
Angel’s great writing ability gave her an escape outlet to express her inward emotional feelings. Her vulnerability for seeking companionship in order to avoid being bored and alone, led her into a love triangle where she became so confused, it was easier to run away rather than make a choice and be wrong. It was never Angel’s intention to hurt anyone. She learned the hard way the meaning of LIFE:
Sonnet is back at it again, leaving a trail of chaos and destruction to all those that stumble in her path. She has fallen on hard times but is determined to make her way back to the top, by any means necessary. Will Kenterris take her back? Will Aintee Maven’s firm hand prove stronger than the pull of the streets for Aviare? We also check in on our favorite hood couple, Lexi and Darrius. Will they be able to make it as a couple this go round? Will Cheron ever find out about Sonnet and Kenterris? Join Lexi, Kenterris, Cheron, Aviare, and the rest of the gang for this action packed thrill ride, sure to leave you on the edge of your seat.
Sonnet Banks was what some would consider to be hood royalty, everything from her 3,000 sq foot condo to her massive Hermes collection spelled luxury. She was also the ultimate backstabbing bitch and didn’t apologize for it. She will do whatever it takes to come up in the game, even if it means hurting those closest to her. Despite having the gold digging game on lock, Sonnet’s selfish ways soon get the best of her. Find out what happens when this ghetto princess goes from hood rich to a lowly street urchin fighting to survive on Skid Row. The question is does she deserve a come up? You decide.
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