Warne's Model Housekeeper, Compiled by R. Murray

Warne's Model Housekeeper, Compiled by R. Murray

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...tea-cups to the left, the coffee-cups on the righthand side. The teapot and coffee-pot stand in front of the urn; slop-basin and milkjug to the left; cream and hot milk to the right. Hot plates should come in with hot dishes; a plate, knife and fork should be set for each person. Bread should be on a wooden platter. Hot rolls should be covered with a napkin. Dry toast and hot toast must only be sent in when the breakfast party are seated, as they are spoiled by keeping. The tablecloth should be spotlessly white and smooth, the plate brightly cleaned, the china pretty, the food well cooked--tea, coffee, chocolate well made. An appetizing breakfast is a great promoter of health and good temper. A soiled cloth, tough toatt, blackened and half-dressed chops, weak or cold tea, are real trials to temper when encountered at the beginning of the day. Flowers on the breakfast-table are imperative where they are not impossible. "Set flowers on your table," says Leigh Hunt, "a whole nosegay it you can get it--or but two or three--or a single flower--a rose, a pink; nay, a daisy. Bring a few daisies and buttercups from your last fieldwalk, and keep them alive in a little water; ay, preserve but a branch of clover, or a handful of flowering grass, one of the most elegant as well as cheap of Nature's productions, and you have something on your table that reminds you of the beauties of God's creation, and gives you a link with the poets and sages that have done it most honour. Put but a rose, or a lily, or a violet on your table, and you and Lord Bacon have a custom in common; for that great and wise man was in the habit of having the flowers in season set upon his table--morning, we believe, noon, and night; that is to say, at all his...show more

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  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 481g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236762207
  • 9781236762207