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Nelly Custis Lewis's Housekeeping Book Hardcover – 30 May 2006

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  • Hardcover: 142 pages
  • Publisher: The University of South Carolina Press (30 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0917860098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0917860096
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 24.1 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,362,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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176 recipes, remedies, and household hints from a Virginia plantation mistress and American icon. For more than thirty years George Washington's adopted daughter Nelly Custis Lewis was the mistress of Woodlawn, a large and elegant Virginia plantation. As such households were virtually self-sufficient enterprises, recipes for cleaners, home remedies, and the care and dying of clothing were as essential as recipes used in the preparation of huge and varied meals. Like many southern ladies, Lewis kept a handwritten housekeeping book in which she jotted down these instructions. "Nelly Custis Lewis's Housekeeping Book" reconstructs 176 of Lewis's original recipes and provides a wealth of information on nineteenth-century techniques for housekeeping, cooking, and medical practice. From making cabbage pudding to polishing furniture, treating scurvy to eliminating room odors, Lewis's book documents what was essential and practical knowledge for a plantation mistress in the 1830s. The volume is augmented by the editor's introduction and a glossary of terms.

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